Rajasthan election 2018: The Congress party on Thursday released its manifesto for the December 7 Assembly elections in Rajasthan polls promising to waive the loan of farmers and provide free education to women and jobs to youth. The election document was released by Congress’ state unit chief Sachin Pilot, former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and chairman of the manifesto committee Harish Chaudhary at the party office in Jaipur.
According to Pilot, the manifesto was prepared after taking opinions through multiple platforms such as social media. “Two lakh suggestions were received for the preparation of the manifesto,” he said.
He said that Congress, if voted to power, will waive the loans of farmers. Notably, party president Rahul Gandhi had already announced to waive farmers’ loans within 10 days if the party forms government during an election meeting in Jaisalmer’s Pokhran Assembly constituency on Monday.
Pilot added that Rs 3,500 monthly allowance will also be given to unemployed youths in the state. Besides, it has promised to bring a legislation for the protection of journalists in the state. The party also promised to form an implementation committee for time-bound implementation of the manifesto.
On Monday, the BJP had released its manifesto promising over 50 lakh jobs in both private and government sector. The document named ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Sankalp’ was released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Union minister Arun Jaitley at BJP office in Jaipur.
The BJP has also promised to double the income of farmers. For this, it said that a new Rs 250 crore fund will be set up to encourage rural start-ups. It said that farmers’ will be taken to Israel and other countries to study best agriculture practices. Also a district in each division will be identified to focus on organic farming and farming of medicinal plants will be encouraged. It said that educated unemployed youth will be given an allowance of Rs 5,000 monthly.
The state has 200 Assembly seats where elections will be held in a single phase on December 7. Opinion polls have given the Congres under the leadership of Sachin Pilot an edge predicting a win for the party with 115 seats as against 75 for the BJP, 88 less than its 2013 tally.