Cong releases women-centric manifesto

Cong releases women-centric manifesto

 Nurturing hopes to return to power in Uttar Pradesh in alliance with the SP, the Congress on Wednesday released its election manifesto,  promising 50% reservation for women in the panchayats elections . They also ensured a better law and order situation in the state.

The manifesto, which was released here in the presence of senior leaders, including general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, also promised free education to girls and free cycles to the girl students in Intermediate and high school. It also promised financial assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh for the marriage of poor girls.

The party said that it would provide employment to 50 lakh youngsters in the next five years, if voted to power.

Azad said the party would exert pressure on the government to waive of farmers’ loans and reduce their electricity bills by half.

The manifesto promised to set up three women police stations in every district, and also undertake effective police

reforms. It also assured to protect the interests of cane farmers and set up skill development centres across the state. The manifesto said the government will initiate a project to clean the rivers in the state.

In an apparent bid to woo the minorities, the party promised loans for the members of these communities to start their own business.

State Congress president Raj Babbar said that the manifesto has tried to address issues from all sections of the society. He said that maintaining social harmony and communal amity would be the party’s priority.

The party, which is contesting 105 seats, hopes to form a government after remaining out of power in the state for 27 years.

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