BJP plans to take people’s suggestions for manifesto

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The BJP is planning an outreach programme in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, aiming to connect with more than 30 million people through a campaign from December 15, ‘Sujhav aapke, sankalp hamara (your ideas, our resolution)’, as it prepares its manifesto ahead of the assembly election.

Senior minister Suresh Khanna, who is heading the manifesto committee, told ET that the panel will get details from every assembly constituency for a comprehensive picture on the issues the manifesto will have to address. “We are also looking at meetings with people employed in different professions. Efforts will be made to get suggestions on emails, websites and phone calls too,” he said.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is likely to launch the campaign on Wednesday.

Under the campaign, the party will have an ‘akanksha peti’ (aspiration box) at its events and offices to encourage people to offer suggestions for its manifesto.

The government’s achievements in the areas of health, investment, infrastructure and administration, among other spheres, will be publicised and people will be specifically encouraged to give feedback and ideas for the party’s manifesto, which is likely to be released in January.

“The manifesto will represent the aspirations of every community living in the state. We have fulfilled many of their expectations and we will take the story of growth further,” said a party functionary, who did not wish to be identified.

Other political parties have also begun work on their manifestos. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi recently released a women’s manifesto for the state, promising women 40 per cent state government jobs if voted to power in 2022 assembly polls. The party has promised in the manifesto that class twelve girl students will be given smartphones and scooties.

Samajwadi Party national secretary Rajeev Rai said his party has also started collecting inputs from district presidents for the manifesto. “If the BJP, after being in power for four years, still needs to ask people what they want, it means they are not really in tune with reality. There is widespread discontent among people of the state who only have questions to ask the government about its unfulfilled promises,” he said.


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