Cong manifesto promises quota for Patidars, other castes

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

The manifesto, released in Ahmedabad by Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Bharatsinh Solanki, had its prime focus on Patel quota, a stipend to youth until employment, loan waivers for farmers, houses for landless women and several other issues that had led to unrest in the state.

For farmers, it promised 16-hour power supply and cancellation of amended Land Acquisition Act.

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The party has promised filling of vacant government positions and cancellation of outsourcing of jobs as well as contract and fixed salary systems.

The party manifesto also promised reservation to the Patidaars under the Economically Backward Classes category.

Farm debt to be waived; minority ministry to be formed to take care of their needs; party also promises to construct 25 lakh new houses in five years. An allowance of Rs 4000 for unemployed youth.

Petrol and diesel prices in the state to be rolled back by Rs 10 per litre.

The Congress will consult various stake-holders and will appoint a commission to identify the communities to be included in the "special category", as per the manifesto.

"Under the bill, the communities which are specified under Article 46 and which have not received any benefit under article 15 (4) and 16 (4), to give them equal opportunity for education and economic development, will be conferred all the rights given to OBC under this special category", the manifesto reads.

The Congress promised that without affecting the present 49 per cent reservation for scheduled castes and tribes as well as Other backward classes, the party's government will introduce a bill in the assembly at the earliest under Article 46 of the Constitution.

For girl students, 100 per cent free education will be provided from primary to higher education, whereas families availing the Centre's Ujjwala gas connection will also be provided kerosene. The Congress also chargesheeted BJP government which has been in the power for 22 years, alleging that the saffron party has failed to live up to its promise of delivering Gujarat free of fear, hunger and corruption.

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On food security, the party promises to lauch "Indira Canteen" across the state which would serve food at Rs 10 per plate. The new mantra will be the Gross Happiness Index, " he added. On the occasion, GPCC chief Bharat Solanki commented: "We have prepared the manifesto by meeting various sections of the society all over Gujarat".