Parties release manifesto for Assam Panchayat polls

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Guwahati, Dec 18 (UNI) With the Assam Panchayat elections just round the corner, political parties are busy getting into poll gear and coming out with their manifestos.

The ruling Congress was the first to unveil its manifesto last week, promising more development and decentralisation if voted to power in the local bodies. It also stressed on the work the state government has been doing for the last two terms and flaunted the Central government policies for the rural areas.

The BJP released its manifesto today, with the main issues being price rise, corruption and lack of equitable growth across the state.

Riding high on the victory of its alliance with ASDC in the North Cachar Hills District Autonomous Council election earlier in the month, state BJP president Ramen Deka expressed confidence of repeating the feat in the Panchayat election.

However, unlike the NC Hills election, the saffron party has not struck any major deal with any party for the panchayat polls. Mr Deka said few seat adjustments have been done with the AGP, but no major alliance had been worked out.

The CPI (M), who unveiled its manifesto today, also promised to work for development of the masses and root out the alleged deep-set corruption during the Congress regime.

Party general secretary Uddhab Barman said the party would do well in the local polls and its victory would bring in growth and peace for the state.

The main Opposition party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), though has not released its manifesto formally yet, had already announced that its poll plank would highlight the alleged massive corruption in the Panchayat institutions.

UNI

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