BJP's Promises v/s Reality
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election along with the party's chief ministerial BS Yeddyurappa, Union minister Prakash Javadekar and other leaders. It has got lots of promises to waive all farmer loans under national banks in the state. Apart from that, allocation of over Rs 1,50,000 crore for various irrigation projects in Karnataka and ensure water reaches to every field in the state is another promise given.
Prevention of Cow Slaughter: The party also said it would reintroduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 while setting aside a Rs 3,000-crore Kamadhenu Fund for the development of animal husbandry and dairy farming infrastructure. The manifesto also promises to open Rs 1,000-crore fund for expanding veterinary services.
Farmers & Irrigation Facilities: The BJP also announced, that if voted to power, a Rs 5,000 crore 'Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund' will be created to support farmers during price fluctuations. The manifesto also includes a Raitha Bandhu Department, under the Chief Minister's Office, which will monitor implementation of all farmer-friendly schemes. The manifesto also announces to provide Rs 100 crore to enable women, farmers, to encourage dairy farming.
Women Empowerment: Other highlights include setting up of Kittur Rani Chennamma Flying Squads which will be set up to attend to distress calls of women in Bengaluru quickly. BJP said that it will also form a Special Investigation Cell, under a woman Police Officer and be employing 1,000 policewomen to investigate all pending crimes against women. To empower women, the party said that Rs 10,000 crore would be spent as part of “Stree Unnati” scheme, and loans of Rs 2 lakh will be given to set up one of the largest women run cooperatives and establish stores run by women in district and taluk headquarters. Another Rs 100 crore will be spent to establish 30 MSME clusters under the Karnataka Mahila Enterprise Cluster Program to support women-run units, the BJP promised.
Others: The party said that they would spend Rs 2,500 crore to clean and revive the lakes and rivers of Bengaluru and “free Bengalureans from the water tanker mafia”. The party said that a Special Industrial Investment Summit will be held in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region to attract investment in the area.
The party which talks about women empowerment and elevation of their status in the society, why did they just give tickets to just 6 women candidates for the election then? Does it expose the irony of the statements and the hypocrisy that the political party and its leaders hold? Though these are some of the areas which the BJP has given its focus. Instead of focusing on more a peripheral level, the political parties should consider the fact that the change must be brought within and that too on grass root level considering the fact that women are a marginal section in the parliament and the government. Rather than policies and promises, a proper action plan and execution of the same is what we require now!
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C