Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto: Bites and Bytes

Written by Reuters | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 7 2014, 16:58pm hrs
Narendra Modi Water to every village, water to every field will be government\'s one of priorities: Joshi. (Reuters)
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), poised to take the most votes in a general election that started on Monday, said it would welcome foreign direct investment in sectors that would create jobs but not in multi-brand retail.

In its 52-page election manifesto, the BJP also said it would allow foreign direct investment wherever needed for job and asset creation *including in infrastructure and selected defence industries.

Following are highlights from the policy platform that the Hindu nationalist party hopes will secure a victory for its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi:

Economic policy:

* BJP would not allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

* FDI would be allowed wherever needed for job and asset creation, including infrastructure.

* FDI would be allowed in selected defence industries.

* Would "rationalise and simplify" taxes.

* Would adopt a national General Sales Tax.

Social policy:

* To roll out low-cost housing programme to give every family a proper home within a decade.

* Will link welfare programmes like rural jobs schemes to "asset creation".

* Will review labour laws.

Infrastructure:

* Will build 100 new cities.

*Plans high-speed rail network.

Security:

* Would revise and update the nuclear doctrine.

Religious policy:

* Would explore possibilities of construction of Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh.

* BJP manifesto to address issues of policy paralysis,system reforms, corruption with Team India as a concept: M M Joshi.

* BJP manifesto also focusses on judicial, electoral and police reforms: Joshi in the presence of Modi, Advani and Rajnath Singh.

* Prices have to be contained. Minorities need more opportunities in education and industry: Joshi.

* BJP government will reform tax system to attract investors. Tax Terrorism will be ended and people's woes reduced: Joshi.

* FDI will be welcomed except in the area of multi-brand retail: Joshi.

* Water to every village, water to every field will be government's one of priorities: Joshi.

* Freight and industrial corridors to be developed. Coastal areas network development will be done through 'sagar mala' project: Joshi.

* New national health policy including National Health Assurance Mission to be formulated. Modernisation of hospitals. AIIMS in every state: Joshi.

* Universalisation of secondary education to be put in mission mode.

* Madrasas to be modernised with by inducting Maths and Science teachers: Joshi.

* Scheme to end open defacation. Manual scavenging to be abolished: Joshi.

* Dedicated fund and mission for integrated development of Himalayan Region: Joshi.

* Nation facing crisis of credibility: Rajnath

* The UPA government failed to implement manifestos. Had it been even partially implemented, India would be a super power: Rajnath

* Modi has been subject of maximum attacks since he was anointed PM candidate. BJP and Modi projected as untouchables by parties: Rajnath

* BJP promises to bring all states on board to implement GST.

* Main points in manifesto are good governance and inclusive development: Modi

* Modi says there should be a strong government in Delhi. The country has been stalled. There is need to give it momentum: Modi

* I will not do anything for myself or with bad intentions: PM candidate Modi