Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien has taken to Twitter to react the to the BJP manifesto, 'Sankalp Patra', released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter party's headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.
The Prime Minister releases the manifesto with the message, "The nation will never stop, never bow before anything, never get tired." While the document states promises on various fronts and covers a wide range of topics, right from good governance to youth and education, and from doubling farmers' income to strengthening foreign policy, among others, Derek O'Brien, however, has a different take.
Mocking the promises in the BJP's manifesto, the Trinamool leader has asked the public to view the 'Sankalp Patra' on the basis of what it allegedly omits:
Economy,' he writes.
The manifesto entails an expression of PM Modi's commitment of taking the message of transformation to every Indian, as India gets set to celebrate the 75th year of Independence in 2022. The manifesto addresses a variety of sectors that it aims to deliver promises on, such as infrastructure, governance, youth and education, healthcare, agriculture, etc. In terms of economy, BJP promises Rs. 100 lakh crore capital investment by 2024 and provides a road-map for India to become a $5 trillion economy.
Regarding tax policy and GST, it has pledged to simplify the GST. It also aims to strengthen the economy through its 'Make in India' measures, expansion of technology to micro, small and medium enterprises, etc.
For entrepreneurship and start ups, the manifesto states, "With India being the largest start up ecosystem in the world, we will strengthen India by easing regulations, creating innovation zones, introduce ranking of central ministries and create 'Seed startup fund' of 20,000 crore with focus on tribal and North-East entrepreneurship."
The manifesto states the vision of India becoming the world's 3rd largest economy, after the US and China, by overtaking Japan, Germany and the U.K.
West Bengal has witnessed extensive campaigning in the past few days by the BJP and Trinamool, especially on Sunday when PM Modi rallied in Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee's home turf. In Cooch Behar, PM Modi slammed Mamata Banerjee on various fronts ahead of her planned rally at the same location. The Trinamool supremo will address a rally at the same venue on Monday.