BJP to release its manifesto today

BJP to release its manifesto today
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First Published: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 11 04 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 11 04 PM IST
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on Friday, party general secretary Arun Jaitley said during a discussion on CNBC-TV18 on Wednesday.
Jaitely declined to comment on his party’s stand on taxes, only saying that it would be known “in 48 hours” when the manifesto is out.
However, he indicated that the BJP would emphasize an easier tax regime in its manifesto with no further increase in rates.
Jaitley also defended disinvestment, saying the manifesto could talk about further disinvestment and privatization of public sector enterprises, a promise the party had made in the 2004 general election, when the alliance it led was ousted from power.
The manifesto is also expected to stress on internal security in the aftermath of some of the worst terrorist attacks India has seen in the past five years.
In 2004, the party had also talked about creating a central agency to deal with serious crimes affecting the country, but with the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance setting up a National Investigative Agency in December, the BJP cannot use this issue again this time.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 11 04 PM IST