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Gujarat election: Congress promises farm loan waiver, special quota, free education

Gujarat election: Congress promises farm loan waiver, special quota, free education

Constitution expert and senior advocate of Gujarat high court, Girish Patel believes that a special category of people can be carved out under Article 46 of the Constitution to give them quota benefit because it speaks of upliftment of economically weaker sections. Party leaders Ashok Gehlot and Bharatsinh Solanki released it in Ahmedabad.

The 60-page "People's Manifesto-2017" attempts to address several issues that have sparked unrest in the state. The party in its manifesto also promised to provide Rs 32,000 crore package for employment of 25 lakh youth and an allowance of Rs 4,000 for unemployed youth.

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.

It is yet to be seen if the angst as claimed by the opposition and three activist leaders, Jignesh Mevani, Alpesh Thakore and Hardik Patel will hold relevance in the Gujarat Election and if the BJP will lose power in Gujarat where it has been the ruling party for four terms already.

"The communities specified under Article 46 but which have not received any benefit under relevant laws will be given equal opportunities for education and economic development".

The party said remunerative minimum support price for agriculture produce would be declared before the beginning of the sowing season.

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Farm debt will be waived. The Gujarat model of development with focus on big factories, big projects and foreign direct investment has been a top-down approach. Congress also promised to set up a network of Rajiv Gandhi Pharmacy - a chain of subsidised medicines network - across the state.

All unorganised sector workers will be provided social security through the issuance of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Samajik Suraksha Card.

To tackle price rise, the party mentions a number of soaps in their manifesto such as reducing the price of petrol/diesel by Rs 10 per litre and slashing state taxes in the price.

Special investigation teams will be set up to probe BJP government's "corruption".

"It is a good thing that Congress is talking about bottom-up approach. While the Congress is trying to appease all, the manifesto has perhaps not developed a solid critique of over two decades of non-Congress rule", said Sudarshan Iyenger, a political observer and former vice-chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith.


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