Indian General Elections

Manifesto Vs Manifesto: How BJP’s Sankalp Patra Contrasts With Congress On National Security, Corruption, Welfare Of Forces And Other Issues Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:


  • The Bharatiya Janata Party released its Lok Sabha election manifesto on Monday in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. The Congress had released its manifesto on April 2.

The Bharatiya Janata Party released its Lok Sabha election manifesto on Monday in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. The Congress had released its manifesto on April 2. 

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the national parties promises on key issues.

Welfare of Veterans vs Reviewal of AFSPA

Citing the implementation of much-delayed OROP during its present term, the BJP intends to bring welfare to the veterans of the Indian Armed Forces. It has promised an effective framework for the resettlement of our Armed Forces veterans. Whereas the Congress has promised to review AFSPA in its manifesto in order to bring balance between security and protection of human rights laws.

Reinforcing Border Security vs Reducing Troops in Kashmir

The BJP promises to build infrastructure to ensure border security is strengthened and also enable the participation of border areas in the country’s development and progress.  Meanwhile, Congress promises to review the deployment of armed forces and reduce the presence of the Army and CAPFs in the Kashmir Valley.

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Simultaneous Elections vs Removal Electoral Bonds & Casting Doubt on EVMs

The BJP has promised that it is committed to simultaneous elections for Parliament, State assemblies and local bodies, It also ensures to create single voter list. 
The Congress has, meanwhile called the Electoral Bond Scheme as "opaque" and said it would scrap it. It has also said it will ensure that EVMs and VVPATs are tamperproof.

Toilets in Every Household by 2022 vs Non-Responsibility of Constructing Toilets to Others

BJP has promised to ensure a toilet in every household. It is one of 75 Milestones for India for when the county turns 75 in 2022. The Congress has said that "it will review and re-introduce the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) to ensure universal access to a clean functioning toilet with water. It has said that the NBA will support the construction of individual toilets and that it will be the responsibility of the household and of prequaified NGOs.

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Corruption Free Bharat & Transparent Economy Vs 3 Sentences On Corruption

The BJP manifesto speaks about several anti-corruption laws it brought about during its term, namely, Fugitive Economic O􀄄enders Act,2018, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act,2018, and the Benami Transaction Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 2016. The Congress manifesto speaks has just thee sentences on corruption which does not talk about an effective law.

Reservation for Economically Backward Vs Myopic SC, ST, OBC Only Promotion in Jobs

The BJP has said that it will implement the 10% EWS reservation to ensure that the economically weaker sections ) of the society who belong to the non-reserved category are
represented and have access to government jobs and higher education. Meanwhile, the Congress promises to amend the Constitution to provide reservation in promotion posts for SCs, STs and OBCs and pass a law to provide for reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in private higher education institutions.