BJP launches manifesto, promises poverty-free golden Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, Dec 7 (UNI) With the promise of a ''poverty-free golden Gujarat'', state Bharatiya Janata Party president Purshottam Rupala today launched the party manifesto for the assembly elections, scheduled for December 11 and 16.

Addressing mediapersons here at the launch of the manifesto, Mr Rupala said the BJP aims to make Gujarat a ''poverty-free golden Gujarat'' so that the state gets its well-deserved respectable position.

The BJP promises to the 5.5 crore population of the state that each family will have their own house as a first step towards the ''eradication of poverty from Gujarat,'' Mr Rupala added.

Elaborating on BJP's primary pledge, he said the party has decided to allocate plots to each family for building a house.

Countering Congress manifesto and attempting to woo the strong farmer vote bank, Mr Rupala said, ''BJP is going to provide an uninterrupted 14-hour power supply to farmers for farming and irrigation purposes.'' He added, ''Under the BJP rule, Gujarat will continue its annual growth rate of 12 per cent by achieving the energy surplus status. At present, we have achieved the target of supplying 3-phase power to 18,000 villages of the state. But, now we are targetting to make electricity available in each house of these villages.'' While, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who was also present on the occasion, without naming Congress said the BJP is a party for all and its manifesto is for all-round development of all the sections of society, irrespective of religion, caste or creed.

He said the BJP's ideology is not based on appeasing certain community or section of society and neglecting others.

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