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BJP Manifesto: The forgotten promises - April 10, 2019

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto just 2 days before the commencement of the first phase of voting. In 2014, the major talking point about the BJP election campaign was its manifesto, itself. Many people believed that the promises made by Narendra Modi will be fulfilled and that it was a manifesto for change. But the 2019 manifesto has failed to impress the political analysists, even of its own rank and file who are unhappy with the same. The manifesto majorly emphasis on national security while falling flat in reflecting on social issues like jobs, women security, and education.

The BJP has not only forgotten promises made in 2014 but has also made additional, unrealistic promises in its 2019 manifesto. The party promises 100 lakh crores capital investment by 2024, which is absurd because this amounts to over 50 percent of GDP in today’s standards. Those news anchors who questioned Congress’s promise of annual 72,000/- for 20 percent of the poor in India, maintain silence on the tall claims made by the BJP. For Make in India, Startup India, Skill India, the BJP promises to promote a study in India which will focus on bringing foreign students to India fails to even mention the improvement of the existing central government universities. It’s the complete omission of social sciences from the manifesto also reflect its dislike towards it, while the party pushes for management and business-oriented courses in higher education in India.

It is clear that this time the BJP is not interested in manifesto making, but more focused on Narendra Modi’s ‘image’ which is yet to reflect in 2019 Lok Sabha.

- Dr. V. Lenin Kumar