Cong unveils poll manifesto with focus on jobs, farmers, ‘Nyay’ scheme

Congress president Rahul Gandhi unveiled his party’s manifesto, making jobs creation, addressing farm distress, bringing a single moderate rate of GST and giving Rs 72,000 per annum to poorest 20 per cent households as key focus if the party comes to power.

In the 55-page document with a tagline ‘Congress will deliver’, the grand old party also pledged to bring out a 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.

“When we started a year ago, I made it clear that nothing in this can be a lie, because we live in a time where we hear a large number of lies every day,” Gandhi said, after releasing the manifesto in the presence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior party leader P Chidambaram.

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