Mangaluru, April 27, 2018: AICC President Rahul Gandhi released the Congress election manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections, at a function held at the TMA Pai Convention Hall here on April 27, Friday morning. The manifesto has been named "Pragatiya Paksha Karnataka." Rahul Gandhi handed over the first copy of the manifesto to veteran leader B Janardhana Poojary.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Rahul said the manifesto was not something which leaders prepared on their own but was the voice of the people of Karnataka. The Congress has voiced the sentiments, hopes and aspirations of the people in its manifesto, he added.
"This is a manifesto made by going to every single block, district and community in the state. We went to the people of the state, asked them what they wanted and put it in our manifesto. I believe in the philosophy of Karnataka and that is what the Congress wants to bring to the state," he said.
"What ever we are saying in the manifesto will be done. We have achieved 95% of the goals from our previous manifesto. You will see that the BJP manifesto will be decided by 3-4 people. Corruption will be hidden in the manifesto, ideas of the Reddy brothers will be in that manifesto. The BJP’s manifesto will be the manifesto of the RSS," says Rahul Gandhi.
"We will raise women employment by 50 percent. There will be subsidy on cost of women’s vehicles. We will support 1000 women entrepreneurs every year. Our opponents don’t respect the culture of Karnataka. PM Modi committed 15 lakh to every citizen. He promised a corruption-free government but delivered nothing. He does not deliver on what he said. Every state looks at Karnataka, it is a competitor to Silicon Valley," says Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress’ manifesto claims that if the party comes to power, it will double the income of the farmers. It also says that the Cauvery Phase V will be expedited to augment drinking water supply in Bengaluru City, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagaram and other areas falling under Cauvery basin by planning and implementing projects to utilise the 75 TMC. There will also be a ’startup subsidy’ of up to Rs 1 crore, so that the company can kick-start production. The subsidy would have a grant component of up to Rs 25 lakh and soft loans of about 75 lakhs @6% interest. The Congress’ manifesto is promising that all college-going students between the ages of 18 and 23 will be given a free smartphone.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC Chief G Parameshwar, Pradesh Congress Election Manifesto Committee Chairman M Veerappa Moily, KPCC State in-charge K C Venugopal, KPCC Election Campaign Committee President DK Shivakumar, District in-charge Vishnunathan, DCC Chief Harish Kumar and others were present on the dais.
Congress candidates from the district including District in-charge Minister Ramanatha Rai, Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader, MLAs Moidin Bava, JR Lobo and others were present.
This is the first time the Congress election manifesto for an assembly election has been released in Mangaluru.