Parties in Gujarat vie for votes with promises

Manifestos for the forthcoming elections in Gujarat may be some months away, but parties in the state have already started dishing out promises to lure potential voters. 

 While the Congress has already announced doing away with Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is doing his best to outshine the rival, deciding to set up a committee to look into the formation of a new district in the politically significant Saurashtra region.  Modi has also announced a slew of schemes for the fishing community including an Rs 200 crore diesel subsidy on VAT for nearly 11,000 mechanised boats.

Congress is targeting the middle class, which it considers a potential vote bank. It has been accusing the Modi government for ignoring the middle class while going all over to support industrialists.  The Congress has also promised homes for the homeless, which it would do in the name of the woman of the house, a strategic way to garner large chunks of lower class women votes. 

Comments (+)