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Focus On Job Creation, Poor and Farmers & Single Slab GST In Congress Manifesto

New Delhi, April  2 : The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, promising Rs 72,000 annually to five crore poorest families under Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme, a simplified single slab Goods and Services Tax and filling up 22 lakh vacancies in the government.

The manifesto was released at the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road at a press conference by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Union ministers and senior party leaders P Chidambaram and A K Antony. 

Describing the Congress manifesto as ''forward looking'' document, Dr Singh said that it summed up aspirations of people of India for a decent, dignified life and of self-respect.  

''The manifesto has been prepared after consultation with a large number of people from various walks of life. All sections of society have been taken care of. It is the duty of the Congress workers to take the message of the manifesto to the people at large,'' the former Prime Minister said.  

''This manifesto spells out how we could get out of poverty, ignorance and disease. We would all like India to be a prosperous country where prosperity and productivity go together,’’ said Dr Singh.  

While releasing the manifesto, Mr Gandhi said the document was not prepared in ''closed rooms'' and reflected ''wishes of the people of India.''  

''I also said that whatever is going to be in this manifesto has to be truthful, I do not want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie because we have been hearing large number of lies spoken everyday by our PM,'' the Congress President said in his remarks. 

After releasing the manifesto, Rahul Gandhi answered a volley of questions from the mediapersons at the press conference. In reply to a question, he challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate on national security and corruption.  

"I am challenging Narendra Modi for a debate on national security, foreign policy or corruption. But Mr Modi is scared to face such issues. He is not talking anything on the real issues like women's problems, national security and corruption. He has to talk about all these", Mr Gandhi said.   

Mr Gandhi brushed aside the criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has dubbed the NYAY as “not doable”. He said: “I?agree it is not doable for the BJP. But it is doable for the Congress.” 

Congress manifesto committee chairman P Chidambaram said, “Wealth and welfare is the theme of the Congress manifesto. The idea is how do you marry wealth and welfare.” 

“The idea is to set the narrative for the 2019 election. The BJP, which is our opposition, is trying to seize the narrative. They are trying to take the narrative to old 2014 election narrative of polarization, divisiveness and hyper nationalism,” Mr Chidambaram said. 

He said the election document of the party addresses the “concerns of our farmers, youth, women, Dalits, minority, industry, workers as well as those about internal security, national security and foreign policy.” 

10 Key Takeaway:

- 72,000/ per year direct transfer to the poorest bank accounts

- To Decriminalize 'Farm Loan Defaulters', will be taken as Civil, not criminal offense. 

- 6% of GDP to be spent in the education sector 

- 3% GDP to be used in the health sector

- 10 lakhs Seva Mitra posts in Gram Panchayat and in Urban local body

- To fill 4 lakhs government's vacancies before March 2020

- Tax exemption for the start-ups for the first 3 years

- Focus on internal and national security

- Women security and empowerment

- Probe into Rafale Deal

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