Karnataka Manifesto: BJP makes tall promises to farmers, women

New Delhi, May 4: BJP's CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and other party leaders finally launched the party's manifesto for Karnataka Elections 2018.

"Welfare of farmers has always been our priority. We will allocate Rs 1,50,000 Cr for various irrigation projects in Karnataka and ensure water reaches to every field in the state, " said BS Yeddyurappa at launch of BJP manifesto.

The manifesto promised 1000 farmers will be taken to Israel for an agricultural fellowship. The BJP has pledged to ensure that farmers receive 1.5 times the cost of production as Minimum Support Price (MSP) to fulfill PM Narendra Modi's "vision of doubling farmers' incomes.

Karnataka BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa today promised to re-introduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 if the party came to power in the assembly elections to be held next week.

In its manifesto, the BJP has announced that it will provide free sanitary napkins to BPL women and girl students and at Rs. 1 for other women under the new “Stree Suvidha Scheme.”

The BJP would also launch the “Mukhya Mantri Smartphone Yojane” to provide women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families with free smartphones.

The manifesto also announced Annapurna canteens, in the manner of Tamil Nadu's extremely popular Amma canteens, for subsidised food.
Addressing the below poverty line section, the party said Rs 25,000 and a gold mangalsutra will be given to BPL women for their marriage. The party has also promised free smart phones for BPL women. The party suffered a setback this morning, after MLA B N Vijaykumar died of a massive heart attack at a hospital in Bengaluru early this morning. He was a candidate for the May 12 assembly elections.

“Ayushman Karnataka Scheme” to provide poor and vulnerable families a cover of Rs 5 Lakh for treatment. Set up 2 “Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences” (on the lines of AIIMS)

Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be concluding the eighth leg of his campaign in the poll-bound state by addressing public and corner meetings in Kalburgi, Gadag and Haveri districts today.

News24Bureau with Agencies