As political tension heats up in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in an attempt to regain power in the state after 15 years, is likely to make development and improving law and order situation as the theme of its manifesto to be released by party President Amit Shah tomorrow in Lucknow. During the release of the manifesto the BJP party president will be accompanied by other senior leaders of the party.
The issue of good, corruption-free governance in the state is likely to be given prominence in the document, a party source said. Better education, health and providing jobs could be other highlights of the manifesto.
The saffron party which is fighting this election on the development plank, is expected to announce some employment generation programmes. BJP, which is pinning its hopes non-Yadav OBC and non-Jatav SC voters, may mention some specific schemes for the people from these two sections in its manifesto.
The party has so far announced 371 candidates, out of which 80 are Dalits and around 130 are from various backward castes. UP has 403 Assembly seats. BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, is in a three-way fight with SP-Cong alliance and BSP for capturing power.
Ruling Samajwadi Party has already announced its manifesto and has promised special ghee for malnourished children and creation of a woman education fund, among various other schemes.
(With inputs from agencies)