Assam Elections: Arun Jaitley releases BJP’s vision document

BJPUnion Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley on Friday released party’s ‘vision document’ for the upcoming Assam Assembly elections.

While addressing the press, Jaitley said, “Assam Assembly elections are a historical opportunity to uproot the failed Congress government.”

Commenting on the party manifesto, the BJP leader asserted, “It is a vision document of what should be the roadmap for Assam from 2016 to 2025.”

“Congress tried to destroy and change the demography of the state by encouraging infiltration. Congress has been doing it for many decades and took no action,” Union Minister Arun Jaitley said.

The BJP Assam Vision Document 2016-2025 promised to work closely with the Centre for “complete sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border in the state” if it was voted to power.

It also assured the people that a law would be enacted to “deal sternly” with industries, businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises or any other agencies employing infiltrators.

“There is a desire for a change which is sweeping the state. People of Assam are tired of slogans and they want development. The youth here are craving for growth. The core strength of our alliance is the youth here and the youth is leading that campaign for a change,” Jaitley told the media here.

The BJP Assam Vision Document 2016-2025 promised to work closely with the Centre for “complete sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border in the state” if it was voted to power.

It also assured the people that a law would be enacted to “deal sternly” with industries, businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises or any other agencies employing infiltrators.

Expressing confidence over the newly formed Asom Gana Parishad- BJP alliance, he added that the width and the geographical spread of the coalition would play a crucial role in achieving victory in the state polls.

“We are fighting the polls under the leadership of Sonowal ji and there is certain freshness to his leadership. We have a galaxy of leadership compared to the Congress and all these factors will contribute in giving us a landslide victory,” Jaitley said.

Referring to Congress’ allegation of fund cut to the state by the NDA government, Jaitley said “Assam will get 148% more in 2016-2020 compared to 2011-2015 due to higher tax¬†devaluation of 42% as against 32% earlier.”

Assam, he said, will get Rs 1,43,239 crore as tax devaluation as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission as against Rs 57,854 crore during 13th Finance Commission.

“So stop misleading the people. A failed government is trying to find excuses for its failures,” Jaitley said.

Assam will have two-phased polling for the 126 Assembly seats. The first phase will be held on April 4 and the second phase will be held on April 11.

BJP national president Amit Shah, meanwhile, addressed two public rallies at Sivsagar district in Upper Assam and assured the people the BJP would make Assam free of illegal Bangladesh migrants.

Blaming the Congress for the infiltration from Bangladesh, Shah said the people of Assam would have to unite and vote for the three-party alliance led by the BJP if they wished to make the state free of illegal migrants.

“You have voted for Congress for last 55 years. I appeal you to vote for the BJP and its alliance only once and I assure you that Sarbananda Sonowal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make Assam the number one state in the country,” he said.

Shah said the BJP has made this happen in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh.

BJP also claimed that the vision document was prepared over the last 6 months, with discussions from various experts, house-to-house surveys, email interviews with people from Assam staying in various parts of India and skype discussions with NRIs from Assam.

One of the very brave promises that BJP made is to curb corruption in Govt. organisations.

What the BJP promises:

  1. Law to punish those who employ ‘Bangladeshi infiltrators’.
  2. To ensure 35 per cent reservation for women in state govt jobs.
  3. To remove all encroachments from forest, religious bodies, wasteland and tribal belts.
  4. To construct model villages with help of Border Security Force (BSF), ex-servicemen and indigenous people along the border.
  5. Secure inter-state boundaries.
  6. Appoint a retired Gauhati High Court judge as Lokayukta; implement ‘zero tolerance’ policy against corruption.
  7. Welfare of surrendered militants, families affected by militancy.
  8. Pucca houses to poor families by 2021.
  9. To provide “land patta” to every landless family of the state.
  10. Govt to create a land bank of surplus land, but ensure that no inhabitant is evicted in the process.
  11. Make Assam power surplus state, ensure 24×7 power supply.
  12. To construct five bridges over Barak river.
  13. Focus on environment-friendly smaller dams.
  14. Set up one multi-specialty hospital in every subdivision and one high-tech 500-bed hospital in every district.
  15. Dredging of Brahmaputra, erosion preventing plantation like bamboo and mangrove along the river banks under MGNREGA.
  16. Rs 1,000 crore grant to Bodoland Territorial Council

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