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BJP to release manifesto on April 7, Modi to be present
The BJP will release its manifesto on April 7 in Delhi where a number of its senior party leaders including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be present.
"The party manifesto will be released on April 7," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
The manifesto, which will highlight the party's promises to lure the voters for bringing it to power, has been much delayed and will be coming out on a day when polling in six Lok Sabha seats in Assam and Tripura will be held.
Ahead of the manifesto, the party will also release its "chargesheet" against the Congress-led UPA government, highlighting the acts of omission and commission, failures and various scams of the present regime, Sitharaman said.
She said through this "chargesheet", the saffron party will seek to ask voters to reject Congress and elect a BJP- led NDA government this time.
Asked about the delay in the release of the manifesto, Sitharaman said it is purely due to the lack of availability of various leaders, as the party wanted the top leadership to be present during the manifesto release.
Sources said the draft manifesto had been prepared much earlier and handed over by the committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi sometime ago, but the top party leadership had to vet it before making it public.
The spokesperson said the top leaders have been campaigning across the country and the party was working out a time when all leaders were available together.
Top party leaders including Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, L.K. Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi will be present at the manifesto release function.Lok Sabha Election 2014 BJP Candidate List New
Asked about the manifesto delay, the BJP Spokesperson said, "There is no reason other than getting all leaders to be together for the release," while brushing aside any talk of differences within the party.
Sources said the BJP manifesto includes the issue of Ram Temple construction, which some top leaders were not keen to have it as its part.
The party's stand in its Palampur resolution is that Ram Temple should be constructed at the Ramjanmabhoomi. Since the issue is pending before court, BJP is not initiating any action on it.
The manifesto will also focus on the party's vision for the next five years on the economic front, which has been "in a shambles under the present regime", the sources said.
The document will contain various promises like initiating development on infrastructure, power, housing, water and industrial fronts, setting up of 100 smart cities to propel growth, setting up of IITs, IIMs in every state and housing for all.
The BJP "charge sheet" will focus on the big ticket scams and "huge corruption" during the Congress-led UPA, "economic mismanagement that led to a downfall in the country's economy and growth and its failure to fulfil the promises made to the people before coming to power", the sources said.
It will also include issues of "policy paralysis" and "failure" to fulfil promises on employment generation, improving rural health and rural development. The "undermining" of the office of the Prime Minister by the current regime will also figure prominently in the charge- sheet.
It will also include the "decline and degeneration" of institutions under the UPA regime, including "undermining" of CAG, PAC, JPC and other constitutional bodies.
The charge sheet will also hit out at the "poor" foreign policy adopted by UPA that has led to "spoiling of ties" with even neighbouring countries. It will also have a chapter dedicated to the North East.