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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Mouth-watering Congress manifesto

07 December 2017

Addressing the farmers the party manifesto promised loan waivers for farmers, free water for irrigation and 16-hour electricity during the daytime, along with crop insurance, bonus for special crops. The Congress has made many big promises to the people of Gujarat in this 100-page manifests. The party in its manifesto also promised to provide Rs 32,000 crore package for employment of 25 lakh youth and an allowance of Rs 4,000 for unemployed youth.

Besides, Congress has promised stern legal action against those responsible for alleged atrocities on Patidar youths during the quota agitation in 2015.

The party manifesto also promised reservation to the Patidaars under the Economically Backward Classes category.

"Youths who want to set up industry will be given 250-500 sq metre plots at competitive rates and provided loans up to Rs 5 lakh at 5 per cent interest", it said.

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The party says that Value-Added Tax will be reduced to Rs 10 by the price of petrol and diesel. It has promised loan waiver and free water for farmers, housing for women, unemployment allowance for youth, reduction in taxes, halving of domestic power tariff, a bouquet of healthcare, education and social measures besides "special benefits" to upper caste communities such as Patidars.

"The communities specified under Article 46 but which have not received any benefit under relevant laws will be given equal opportunities for education and economic development". Read Also: Calling Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh "HAJ" is divisive politics: P. Chidambaram Among other major announcements, Congress has assured 16-hour electricity to farmers, reduction in petroldiesel prices by Rs 10, up to 50 % reduction in electricity rates, Sardar Patel Universal Health Card, removal of fi xed pay system and GST exemption for small traders.

For girl students, 100 per cent free education will be provided from primary to higher education, whereas families availing the Centre's Ujjwala gas connection will also be provided kerosene.

Fast track court to be set to deal with a number of crime cases against women.

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Congress also promised setting up a minority commission to implement its 15-point agenda for the uplift of minorities and providing "Babasaheb Ambedkar Samajik Suraksha Card" for unorganised workers.

On food security, the party promises to lauch "Indira Canteen" across the state which would serve food at Rs 10 per plate.

"State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said the manifesto has been prepared with an approach to shift the focus away from GDP to Gross National Happiness Index (GNHI)".

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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Mouth-watering Congress manifesto