BJP and Trinamool try to woo Bengal with jobs and sops in manifesto battle
Union Minister of the Interior Amit Shah on Sunday unveiled BJP manifesto for West Bengal linked to polls, four days after Mamata Banerjee promised a series of plans if he was elected to power. Entitled “Sonar Bangla Sankalp Patra 2021”, the BJP manifesto addressed almost every aspect, seeking to compete with the 10 “Ongikars” of Mamata.
And as promises rain this election time, let’s take a look at how the manifesto battle unfolds.
Direct beneficiary transfer
In an attempt to woo economically marginalized sections, Mamata had announces free home delivery of rations. She also announced financial aid to the poor, under which beneficiaries of the general caste will receive Rs 6,000 per year and backward castes will receive Rs 12,000 each year.
The BJP has pledged financial aid worth Rs 10,000 each year to refugees for the next five years. He also promised a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to the leaders of Matua. The Matuas are backward and numerically important castes in the northern and southern border districts 24 Parganas and Nadia. BJP and Trinamool both strive to win over the community.
“For the first time, a new program is launched, in which women heads of households of 1.6 crore will receive universal monthly income support. Women heads of general category will receive Rs 500 each month and families SC / ST will receive Rs 1,000, “the Trinamool manifesto promised.
However, it was the BJP that stole the thunder, promising a 33% reservation for women in government jobs. He also promised free public transport for women and a pension of Rs 3,000 for widows.
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In its manifesto, the Trinamool promised to increase financial assistance to farmers from Rs 6,000 (current amount) per acre per year to Rs 10,000 for small and marginal farmers. The BJP promised 18,000 rupees to farmers under Prime Minister Kisan, a fair price for agricultural products, a farmer security fund and other sops.
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Mamata promised to generate 5 lakh job opportunities in one year. “We are number one in providing 100 days of work. We have reduced poverty by 40% and tripled the income of farmers, ”she said.
The BJP, for its part, has promised to set up the 7th salary commission if it is elected to power. He promised work for at least one member of each family and a daily wage of 350 rupees for the workers in the tea garden.
Industry and infrastructure
Trinamool has pledged to bring investments to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore over the next five years. He also pledged to add 2,000 large industrial units and 50 million MSMEs during the same period. The BJP manifesto also encouraged the industry, claiming that MSMEs will receive loans of up to Rs 10 lakh. It also proposed the development of the Bagdogra International Airport, the Netaji highway between Kolkata and Siliguri, and nine tourist circuits in Bengal.
Trinamool has promised a medical school and super specialty hospital in the 23 district headquarters. The BJP, for its part, has promised to expand Ayushman Bharat’s scope if he is elected to power. He also pledged three new AIIMS in the state of North Bengal, in the regions of Jangal Mahal and Sundarban.
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For students pursuing higher education, Mamata said his government would introduce a credit card with a limit of Rs 10 lakh, on which only 4% interest will be charged. Each block will also have at least one model boarding school, according to the Trinamool manifesto.
The BJP, however, attempted to connect with the average voter by announcing that Bengali would be made compulsory in schools up to grade 10. It also said the BJP in state government would do its best to obtain the status of official Bengali language.
In addition, he announced free education for girls from KG to PG in government institutions. Engineering and medicine courses are also reportedly offered in Bengali. According to the BJP manifesto, Dalit and tribal girls will receive financial support for education.
For the first time, a non-Bengali issued a manifesto aimed at Bengal because @ BJP4Bengal didn’t have a single “son of the ground” to do the same. Bengal will never forget this insult. #BengalRejectsGujaratiManifesto pic.twitter.com/EkSUAKV0gL
– Trinamool Congress in India (@AITCofficial) March 21, 2021
The bet of the castes
Addressing a public rally a few days ago, BJP national president JP Nadda said Mahishyas should be granted OBC status. The Mahishyas are a dominant community in several districts of South Bengal.
Trying to beat the BJP in its own game, the Trinamool in its manifesto presented OBC reservation proposals not only for the Mahishyas, but also for the Tamul, Saha and Tili communities. The BJP followed suit, promising an OBC reservation for Mahishyas, Tilis and a few other communities.
The BJP said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will be implemented and a device will be put in place to investigate cases of community violence and cow slaughter. His manifesto also promises an end to infiltrations and an investigation into Amphan and other alleged scams. He also proposed to set up a Sonar Bangla fund worth Rs 11,000 crore to promote art and literature and a Netaji Bose BPO in each block.
The BJP assured that there would be no hindrance to the celebration of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja. The Trinamool government had previously banned the immersion of Durga Puja during Muharram, which has been criticized from several sides.