Indian National Congress Tuesday released its manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’ for the Lok Sabha elections. At the manifesto release, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “The manifesto is a massive step for Congress. When we started this process a year back, I told them that this manifesto should reflect the wishes of the people and whatever is present in the document should be truthful.”
Congress leader and manifesto committee chairman P Chidambaram said the contents of the manifesto are the millions of the voices that the party consulted for its constitution. “We could not accommodate all the voices given the limitations, When this is released, you will find that there is enough in it to address the concerns of the farmers, youth, women, industries, minorities, healthcare, foreign policy, national security among others,” he added.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said that the manifesto has been drafted following extensive nationwide consultations and will be a very “powerful” document aimed at redressing key challenges facing the nation. He also said the manifesto will address issues including jobs creation, agrarian distress and strengthening the education and health sectors besides charting a roadmap to boost economic growth.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a rally in Odisha, hit out at the Naveen Patnaik-led government BJD by saying the BJP has worked for the people “despite no cooperation from the state government”. He added, “This watchman has taken advantage of Centre’s schemes to help Odiyas.”
Congress Manifesto 2019 Live Updates:
2:00 PM IST- Prime Minister Narendra Modi rallies today: 11 am – Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi dist., Odisha; 3.30 pm – Jamui, Bihar; 5.35 pm – Gaya, Bihar. Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi to release party manifesto.
1:30 PM IST– Won’t be a criminal offence if farmers cannot repay loans: Rahul
“Under our government, farmers who cannot pay back loans, it will no more be a criminal offence. For education, we will have 6 per cent budget. In healthcare, we will strengthen public hospitals,” Rahul Gandhi said.
On National Security, Gandhi said, “Congress will strive and make the country one. We will focus on strengthening national security.”
1:00 PM IST- NYAY scheme, jobs and farmers among key themes of Congress manifesto. Adding that the committee has done a good job on the manifesto, Rahul Gandhi said, “This is not a manifesto made in closed rooms. NYAY, jobs and farmers are among our focal points. NYAY will help the economy. We will deliver money to the poorest people in the country.”