BJP’s Election Manifesto for West Bengal Assembly Elections: 6-Point Strategy

The West Bengal Assembly Elections will begin from 27th March, and BJP is all set to seal its winning in Bengal. Recently, the ruling party released its 62-page election manifesto titled ‘Sonar Bangla Sonkolpo Potro 2021’ with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face on the cover. BJP’s 6-pointer strategy has targeted the Mamta Banerjee government on 6 major points, namely women welfare, employment opportunities, and immediate implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The party has also targeted two vote banks that have the capacity to turn the election results in BJP’s favour - the Hindu OBC’S (Other Backward Classes) and the Matuas. BJP has laid emphasis on the part that the party with no Bengali identity still aims to create a ‘Sonar Bangla.’ While BJP leader Amit Shah has promised to implement the CAA in Bengal and provide 100 crores for the welfare of the refugees, Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has pledged for a non-implementation of CAA. The two parties are locking horns on the CAA matter. Here’s the list of promises that BJP has made to West Bengal’s citizens and aims to deliver them if the party comes to power in Bengal. The 6-point strategy is included in the following promises:

Women Welfare

Provision of providing free education to girls (KG to PG). Free rides for women in all public transports. Formation of 9 Police Battalions and 3 Battalions under the State Reserve Police Force(for woman only). Provision of 33% reservations in government jobs, free health care, free public transport, and Rs. 3,000 -monthly pensions for senior citizens, widows, and unorganised workers.

Employment Opportunities

Establishment of BPO’S, Vocational Training Centres, and an expressway between Howrah and Siliguri. Provision of providing jobs on the basis of merit and not on religious considerations or Political Favouritism. Offering employment in each and every family of the state over the next five years. Dedicated Industrial Parks and Mega Food Parks.

Preserving the Bengali Culture

Establishment of Tagore Prize named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Establishment of a Satyajit Ray Award named after legendary filmmaker, Satyajit Ray. And the Establishment of Gurudev Centre for cultural excellence, Sonar Bangla Museum in Kolkata, and mandatory use of Bangla in government correspondence. Setting up of a Sonar Bangla Economic Revival Task Force for speeding up industrialisation in the state. Only time will tell if BJP is able to deliver the promises it had made to the Bengal citizens; the West Bengal Assembly Elections are scheduled to be held between 27th March to 29th April 2021 in 8 phases.

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