Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is upset with the design of the Congress manifesto that was released on Tuesday in New Delhi. As per sources, Sonia Gandhi has pulled up party leader Rajeev Gowda, who is also the AICC research department head.
She is unimpressed with the cover image of the manifesto which is a photograph of a huge crowd of people, as per sources. The cover also bears the images of Congress's hand symbol along with Rahul Gandhi's image at the bottom. On top of the page, there is the title of the manifesto written in a huge font. It says, 'Congress will deliver'.
Sonia Gandhi was not happy with the smaller size of the images of Rahul Gandhi and the party symbol, as per sources.
Congress released its list of promises for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in a big event on Tuesday. The manifesto has been drafted by a committee led by former Union minister P Chidambaram. Rahul Gandhi has made jobs creation, farm distress, GST modifications and Rs 72,000 per annum income support to poor families key focus for the party's election promise.
In the 55-page document, the Congress has also promised to come out with separate budget for farmers, fill up 22 lakh government vacancies, allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, assured 50 more days of guaranteed jobs from current 100 under the MNREGA, boosting healthcare infrastructure and enhance safety of women.
Earlier on Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tore into the Congress manifesto and listed out the defaults in the promises made by the Rahul Gandhi-led party. Addressing a press briefing in New Delhi, the Union Minister said:
"The Congress party made public its manifesto for 2019 elections. the manifesto contains a solemn statement of the Congress president that whenever he makes a promise, he never breaks it. But when out of ignorance he makes unimplementable and dangerous promises. I am sure the country will not be in the mood to oblige him with the kind of promises which are contained in this manifesto".
Highlighting the Congress's promise of removing sedition, a law which has become redundant, according to Congress, Arun Jaitley says that with this promise Congress does not deserve even a single vote.
"What they have said is that from the IPC (Indian Penal Code), sedition will be removed. Being an anti-national will no longer be a crime. The party which makes such announcements, it does not deserve even a single vote."