Assam Polls: BJP, Congress manifestos promise jobs

RSTV Bureau
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP's CM Nominee Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP’s CM Nominee Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati

The BJP-AGP alliance in Assam released its vision document for the upcoming polls in Guwahati on Friday.

Releasing the document Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said BJP is committed for the development of the state adding that Insurgency and terrorism are two biggest problems in the state.

“It is a vision document of what should be the roadmap for Assam from 2016 to 2025,”said Jaitley

The Finance Minster termed the Assam Assembly elections as a historical opportunity to uproot failed Congress Government.

“Congress failed to act against infiltration and treated infiltrators as vote bank,” said Jaitley.

Arun Jaitley said that his party will develop infrastructure in the state by building rural roads and developing highways to connect all north states.

BJP’s vision documents promised to establish a network of educational institutions create jobs within the states by encouraging small industries.

“Complete the sealing of Indo-Bangla border in Assam and bring in a new law to deal with entities employing infiltrators,”the party said in the stated in document.

Expressing his opinion on party’s probability to secure power in the state, Jaitley said that BJP emerged as the largest party in the Lok Sabha elections held in 2014 by winning 7 seats.

Releasing the manifesto on March 24, Congress promised to provide atheist one job per family if Congress returns to power in the state.

“If I come to power again, I will ensure job to one member of each family. Our target is to give 10 lakh jobs in both government and private sectors in the next five years,” said Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam and congresses CM nominee in Asaam polls.

 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi (C) with Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Anjan Dutta (L) releasing party's manifesto for the Assam Assembly elections at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Thursday.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi (C) with Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Anjan Dutta (L) releasing party’s manifesto for the Assam Assembly elections at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Thursday.

The manifesto also promised to classify families with less than Rs 2.5 lakh as poor and give benefits BPL targeted schemes.

“Congress will fill all vacant teaching posts in schools and create two lakh more such posts in next five years. It will also regularise services of all the employees within next five years,” the party said in the manifesto.

Eying on the rural backward voters, the party has announce a special package for small tea farmers.

The world’s largest inhabited island in Assam, Maujuli is also offered a 500 crore package.

Regarding erosion by the Brahmaputra river, the manifesto stated steps will be initiated to recover the lost land through scientific research so that those areas can be utilised for industry and other purposes.

Assam’s first phase of polling is scheduled on April 3.

In Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party got 36.50% by winng 7 seats and Indian National Congress has a vote share of 29.60% and 3 seats, BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad had 3.80% votes share.