BJP to release election Manifesto on Thursday

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Imphal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Jagat Prakash Nadda will be launching the party election manifesto on Thursday, however, agendas to remove ‘Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958’ and ‘Schedule Tribe’ demand for Manipur might not be included in the manifesto.

Chairmen of election manifesto committee, BJP, RK Ranjan who is also Union minister of state, external affairs and education said this on Wednesday while briefing reporters at Imphal BJP office.

Ranjan said the election manifesto for BJP for the coming election will be launched at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong, here.

“We also feel the sentiments of Manipur people. We hope it (AFSPA) will be removed immediately when it is needed, but we do not like to mention in the manifesto but it will be removed after observation,” the minister said.

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He said regarding the repeal of AFSPA, it is included in the ordinance of Government of India and that cannot be included in party’s election manifesto, but, can be put into action with the BJP central government and will be taken into action in right time.

For the ‘schedule tribe’ demand it takes a process and it cannot be fulfilled within the 5 years tenure. It can be discussed after study and analysis. It needed a gregarious time to discuss the issue as in order to study, anthropological survey of India will conduct minute analysis on the indigenous people of Manipur, he added.

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Recently one tribal community was given Schedule Tribe status in Tripura by the Parliament and that was also given after more than 20-30 years of research, Ranjan said.

He said BJP wanted to include developmental agendas on the election manifesto and after fulfilling the agendas of party manifesto, the BJP party can press centre to discuss the AFSPA and ‘Schedule Tribe’ status issues.

Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) had also submitted a memorandum demanding for ‘Special Status’ of Manipur to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. COCOMI also started meeting statepolitical party presidents and secretaries to include the demand for ‘Special Status’ in their respective election Manifestoes.

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Ranjan said the election manifesto of BJP is created after considering Prime Minister’s ‘Sab Ka Saat, Saab ka Vikash and Saab ka Prayash’ for the welfare of the people. Development of road connectivity is also taking a major role while bringing development. Despite bringing development in inter-state relationship, Manipur will become a big hub under Act East policy, he added.

In the last five years, BJP government has contributed various achievements for the welfare of people of Manipur including inauguration of railway which will be reached Tupul in a short period of time. The railway line will also connect Moreh (the Indo-Myanmar border town in Manipur) under the Act East policy, the minister said.

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