Cong manifesto promises quota for Patidars, other castes

Cong manifesto promises quota for Patidars, other castes

Cong manifesto promises quota for Patidars, other castes

Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Bharatsinh Solanki released the party's manifesto for the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.

The Congress also promised setting up Economically Backward Classes Commission (EBCS) for educational and economic development of "deprived people among the upper castes". A loan of farmers will be waived Farmers will be given electricity on a priority basis, as is being given to private industries at this time. The party in its manifesto also promised to provide Rs 32,000 crore package for employment of 25 lakh youth and an allowance of Rs 4,000 for unemployed youth.

# Contract workers will be made permanent.

The Congress said it will tackle inflation by reducing petrol and diesel prices by up to Rs 10 per litre through reduction in state taxes.

The party has said that the MSP will be announced before the sowing of the MSP if the government is formed.

Hardik Patel joined hands with the Congress after the latter agreed to his demand for reservation for the Patidar community. The Congress also chargesheeted BJP government which has been in the power for 22 years, alleging that the saffron party has failed to live up to its promise of delivering Gujarat free of fear, hunger and corruption.

The party will also set up "Swami Vivekanand Education Foundation" to provide freeship and scholarship for students from the poor and middle class families for their education from pre-primary level to PhD.

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The manifesto reiterated its commitment to the agreement reached with the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti under which a Congress government in the state will propose a Bill based on the provisions of the Constitution.

The 60-page manifesto, which party sources said, is likely to become the template for the party's manifesto for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, focuses on education, health, agriculture, jobs and small and medium enterprises (SME) sectors.

For women, the manifesto promises housing for all, a 24-hour toll-free phone and single-window help centre, "pink transport", free education from primary to higher education and fast track courts for crimes against women.

It also assured financial assistance and pension to widows, senior citizens and the differently-abled.

The party also promised to construct 25 lakh houses in the next five years under various schemes like Indira Aawas Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Aawas Yojana and Ambedkar Aawas Yojana. The new mantra will be the Gross Happiness Index, " he added.

Gandhinagar: The Congress on Monday unfolded a mouth-watering manifesto as its work order for Gujarat.

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