BJP Manifesto Highlights

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Here are the highlights:

  • The party reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within framework of Constitution to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • Reiterating its stand on Article 370 and discussing with all stakeholders for abrogation of the Article.
  • Ensuring minimisation of black money and setting up of a task force for this purpose.
  • Putting in place strict measures and special courts to stop hoarding and black marketing.
  • Setting up a Price Stabilisation Fund.
  • Unbundling FCI operations into procurement, storage and distribution for greater efficiency.
  • Evolving a single National Agriculture Market.
  • Promoting and support area specific crops and vegetables linked to food habits of the people.
  • Developing high impact domains like labour intensive manufacturing, tourism, and strengthening traditional employment bases of agriculture and allied industry.
  • Harnessing opportunities provided by the upgradation of infrastructure and housing.
  • Encouraging and empowering youth for self employment and transforming employment exchanges into career centres.
  • Eliminating corruption through public awareness,  e-governance, rationalisation and simplification of tax regime.
  • Harmonising Centre-state relations by evolving model of national development driven by the states.
  • Setting up a Team India initiative which will include the PM and CMs as equal partners.
  • Ensure fiscal autonomy of states and creation of regional councils of states of common problems and concerns.
  • National Development Council and Inter-state Council will be revived and made into active body.
  • Involving state governments in promotion of foreign trade and commerce.
  • Greater decentralisation through smaller states.
  • Special emphasis on improving connectivity in Northeast region.
  • Massive infrastructure development in NE region.
  • Complete all pending fencing work along the India-Bangladesh and India-Myanmar border.
  • Dealing with insurgency with a firm hand.
  • BJP to draft a Uniform Civil Code drawing upon the best traditions and harmonising them with the modern times.
  • Foreign policy will be guided through pragmatism and doctrines of mutually beneficial and interlocking relationships.
  • Launching a massive Clean Rivers Programme with people’s participation.
  • Pursuing friendly relations with neighbours and at the same time not hesitate from taking strong stand when required.
  • Reviving the anti-terror mechanism which has been dismantled by the Congress and putting in place swift and fair trial of terror-related cases.
  • Insulate intelligence agencies from political intervention and interference.
  • Strengthening DRDO and encourage private sector  participation including FDI in selected defence industries.
  • Strengthening physical infrastructure with expediting work on freight and industrial corridors.
  • Setting up of gas grids and national optical fibre network upto the village level.
  • Launching of diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed rail network (Bullet trains).
  • Setting up of agri rail network catering to needs of perishable farm products.
  • Launching of 50 new tourist circuits for the development of tourism.
  • Universalisation of secondary school education and skill development and establishment of national e-library.
  • Implementation of national education policy.UGC to be restructured and transformed into higher education commission.
  • Ensuring urgent steps for safety of migrant workers and communities from Northeast and other states.
  • Pursuing an agenda of equal and rapid development of all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
  • Return of Kashmiri Pandits to the land of their ancestors with full dignity and security.
  • Evolving further the PPP model into a People-Public-Private Partnership (PPPP).
  • Strengthening self-governance and empowering Panchayati Raj institutions with a devolution of functionaries and funds.
  • Consolidating Gram Sabha institutions, involving people, in policy formation.

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