Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav releases Grand Alliance manifesto

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The grand alliance in Bihar – the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Left parties – on Saturday released its manifesto for the state assembly elections with a focus on agricultural laws and government jobs.

“We shall pass a Bill to scrap the anti-farm laws during the first Vidhan Sabha session if we form the government under the leadership of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters.

The manifesto titled ‘Badlav Ka Sankalp’ (commitment to change) promised to provide one million government jobs with all application forms free of cost.

It also promised to waive off loans of the farmers, increasing the number of Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MNREGA) working days from 100 to 200 and establishment of Karpuri Shramveer support center.

According to the manifesto, 12 per cent state budget will be spent on education and there will be one teacher on every 30 students in Primary schools and one teacher on 35 students in secondary school. 

It also promised appointment of art, computer and sports teacher for every school.

Under ‘Smart Gram Yojana’, a clinic with a doctor and nurse will be established in every panchayat, the manifesto said.

Speaking after the release of the manifesto, RJD leader and Chief Minister candidate of grand alliance Tejashwi Yadav took a swipe at the BJP’s premise of ‘double engine’ development (having the same formation in power in state and centre). “Bihar has double engine government. Nitish Kumar has been governing the state for the last 15 years, but it has not been accorded special category status yet. [US President] Donald Trump will not come and accord that,” Tejashwi was quoted by ANI as saying.

“PM Modi in 2015 said that he will sip a cup of tea of Motiari’s Sugar mill. But you can see that in Bihar: Sugar Mill, Jute mill, Papermill, Rice mill are shut. No food processing units have established. As many as 60 scams took place in this regime. Crime has increased. JD(U)- BJP has stabbed Bihar in the back,” Yadav added.

Bihar with 243 assembly seats will go to polls in three phases: October 28, November 3 and November 7. The results will be declared on November 10.