Congress Manifesto : Some Bad Spices in Good Dish

Congress Manifesto included every segment what actually expected from any government including their ‘NYAY’ and addressed every sections of society. But they had added some spices for opposition parties by promises over elimination crime of sedition (124A), Article 370, and dilution of AFSPA Act.

The Indian National Congress launched Election Manifesto on Tuesday marked a missed opportunity in this historic Lok Sabha election. Because they have done few mistakes which may be dangerous this time for congress as well as current leadership of the party. Overall this is not a bad document at all, but few issues will give advantage to BJP led NDA to attack on Rahul Gandhi and Congress. Congress president Rahul Gandhi too made the most of his modest oratorical skills.

They have created initial two parts of KAAM and DAAM is majorly focused on their flagship scheme NYAY. There are many questions about implementation and resource issues with ‘NYAY’, but the idea of Direct Cash Transfer to the poorest is not something to scoff at. That may be point of discussion about resource generation and implementation of such a big scheme. How much money will transfer to specific family, criteria of selection, eligibility, identification of beneficiaries and how to avoid misuse of this scheme?

This document shows that congress wants to eliminate poverty in India by 2030, but people might not believe because they are fade-up by hearing this several time such fake promises by congress party post independence. Economists have doubt about implementation due to shortage of resources. Because India has seen lots of scams behind these populist schemes.

In manifesto they have touched every class of society as farmers, youths, working persons, businessmen, professionals, entrepreneurs, women and students. I can say overall it’s a great combination of basic issues of what people India demands from any government. They have addressed every segment such as employments, financial security, women’s safety, national security, quality education, better infrastructure and more important agriculture. Let see how congress will fulfill these all promises or commitments made in their election manifesto if they will get into power.

Besides this good document they have added few quite critical issues associate with national security and internal security of our country.

  • They have promised that congress will eliminate law of Act in IPC -124A (Which defines the crime of sedition) and apart from this, the party has also made amendments in those laws, under which the person without trial has the right to arrest and to be lodged in jail.
  • Article 370 has been a one of the major issue in Indian politics, this article of our constitution  gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2014 BJP promised that they will amend or eliminate this but they failed to do that, now congress assured that they will not allow anyone to amend or eliminate this article.  
  • Manifesto contains a provision that congress government will review the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

This time they have played wrong card which will be suicidal for Congress party. BJP will clearly make those issues of nationalism & security mechanism during upcoming days.

Arun Jaitley countered back on congress party that the manifesto merely reiterates broad national consensus on issues of national security as well as internal security. The proposal from congress party about review of some aspects or prospective of AFSPA is actually milder than the BJP’s commitment during the J&K polls to not use AFSPA in the state.

The problem is not that the manifesto is a bad document; the problem is that it is just a document, not the loud and credible political message of hope so badly needed in our country today.

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About Devendra Singh 64 Articles
Post Graduate in Computer Science Engineering and MBA (HRM), associated with Technical Training, Higher Education & Social Development Sector. Authored Several Books, Research Papers and Editorial Director of The Analyzer.

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