Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah release party manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah release party manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (AP)

BJP manifesto promises lower income tax rates for middle-class; pension for farmers, shopkeepers

  • In its manifesto released today, the BJP has promised pension for small, marginal farmers and small shopkeepers
  • The BJP has also promised tax sops for the middle-class by revising income tax slab rates

Promising a transparent, sensitive and corruption-free government at the Centre if voted back to power in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah today released the party's manifesto at the party headquarters in New Delhi. In its 'Sankalp Patra', the saffron party also laid out a roadmap of what its wants to achieve in the coming five years if it retains power.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had yesterday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party's election campaign, with "Phir ek baar, Modi sarkar (Modi government, once more)" as the tag line.

Read all the highlights here:

08 Apr 2019, 01:26:02 PM IST

BJP should issue 'maafi patra' instead of 'Sankalp patra' , says Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Monday said that BJP should issue an apology letter instead of a manifesto. The Congress statement came the day BJP released its manifesto."BJP should issue maafi patra (apology letter) for injecting a lethal injection of unemployment, farmers suicide, closing of businesses and putting youth towards unemployment," party's national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill told ANI.

He added, "BJP has cheated people; they should answer on the promises they made in 2014". Taking a jibe at the BJP, Shergill said that the party has pushed the youth of the country towards "pakoda employment", linking it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment in an interview that a person earning 200 per day by selling pakodas is also employed. (ANI)

08 Apr 2019, 01:20:51 PM IST

Major promises in the BJP manifesto:

- Full commitment to national security

- Zero tolerance to terrorism

- Commitment to implement Uniform Civil Code

- Stop illegal migration fully

- Committed to citizenship amendment bill but ensure identity of states not affected

-A Explore all possibilities for building grand Ram Temple at AyodhyaAA

For Farmers:

- Double farmers income by 2022

- Zero interest for 5 years on loans through (kisan) credit card of up to one lakh

- Spending 25 lakh crore in rural areas in five years

- PM-KISAN to be extended to all farmers

- Pension to small and marginal farmers to ensure social security after 60 years of age.

- Effort to complete all pending irrigation schemes by 2022

Other promises:

- Set up Rashtriya Vyapar Aayog

- Take forward the idea of simultaneous elections

- 100 per cent electrification of all households

- LPG cylinders to all poor

- Increase seats in top law, engineering colleges

- Toilet, drinking water in every home

- 100 per cent waste management

- 75 new medical colleges, post graduate institutes

- 1.5 lakh wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat

- Clean Ganga by 2022

- 100 lakh crore to be spent on infrastructure in five years

08 Apr 2019, 01:28:47 PM IST

BJP manifesto on tax

"After providing major tax relief in the recent budget, we are committed to further revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle-income families," the BJP manifesto said. It highlighted that the party strives to ensure reduced tax rates, higher tax collection, greater compliance and ensuring a stable taxation regime.

08 Apr 2019, 01:09:15 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi at BJP Manifesto release: To develop India, development has to be made into a mass movement, and a successful result of that is 'swacchta', today 'swachhta' is a mass movement.

08 Apr 2019, 01:04:56 PM IST

Modi says BJP manifesto has 75 definitive time-bound targets for country

08 Apr 2019, 01:04:52 PM IST

We will form separate Jal Shakti Ministry, says Modi on BJP manifesto

08 Apr 2019, 12:59:39 PM IST

BJP promises one-third reservation for women in parliament

The Bharatiya Janata Party promised to reserve 33% of seats in the Indian parliament and state assemblies for women if it returns to power in an election due to begin on Thursday.

"Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33 percent reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment," the manifesto said.

08 Apr 2019, 12:57:58 PM IST

BJP's multi-layer and multi-dimensional manifesto addresses needs of all sections of society: PM Modi

08 Apr 2019, 12:51:05 PM IST

BJP promises tax breaks to middle class

The BJP has pledged to revise income tax brackets to help the middle-class if the party retains power. "We are committed to further revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle income families," the BJP said in its election manifesto released today.

08 Apr 2019, 12:43:26 PM IST

BJP promises to bring down the percentage of families living below the poverty line to a single digit in the next five years.

08 Apr 2019, 12:42:32 PM IST

BJP manifesto promises to expand Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to provide pension for all small shopkeepers.

08 Apr 2019, 12:37:18 PM IST

200 new Kendriya Vidyalayas by 2024: BJP

"We will encourage academic institutions towards excellence and motivate more such institutions to rank among the top 500 institutions of the world. To cater to the demands of more schools like KVs, we aim to open another 200 such schools by 2024," according to BJP manifesto

08 Apr 2019, 12:31:27 PM IST

BJP manifesto on health sector

In the health sector, the BJP manifesto promises to set up one medical college or post graduate medical college in every district, through public or private participation, by 2024. "We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at Health and Wellness Centres by 2022," the manifesto said.

08 Apr 2019, 12:29:49 PM IST

BJP promises Metro trains in 50 cities

08 Apr 2019, 12:28:45 PM IST

BJP manifesto promises a capital investment of ₹100 lakh crore in the infrastructure sector and ₹1 lakh crore credit guarantee scheme for the MSMEs.

08 Apr 2019, 12:27:41 PM IST

BJP Manifesto: Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment

08 Apr 2019, 12:27:13 PM IST

The BJP manifesto released today promised to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025 and a $10 trillion economy by 2032

08 Apr 2019, 12:19:47 PM IST

BJP Manifesto: We will provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.

08 Apr 2019, 12:19:20 PM IST

Double the length of national highways: BJP manifesto

08 Apr 2019, 12:17:44 PM IST

BJP Manifesto: We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370. We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir.

08 Apr 2019, 12:16:15 PM IST

Rajnath Singh: We will give ₹6,000 yearly income support to all farmers, under Kisan Samman Nidhi

08 Apr 2019, 12:15:54 PM IST

BJP promises pension for farmers, shopkeepers in its 2019 manifesto

08 Apr 2019, 01:04:54 PM IST

Rajnath Singh on Ram Temple issue: We will explore all options

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at BJP's election manifesto release: As far as Ram Mandir is concerned, we reiterate the promise made in the last elections. We will weigh all our option and we will try that the Ram Mandir be built as soon as possible in a harmonious environment.

08 Apr 2019, 12:10:51 PM IST

BJP promises to spend ₹25 lakh crore for rural development in the next five years

08 Apr 2019, 12:09:35 PM IST

We had a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism, it will continue till terror is not eliminated completely: Rajnath Singh

08 Apr 2019, 12:07:29 PM IST

BJP manifesto has been uploaded on party website: Rajnath Singh

08 Apr 2019, 12:07:10 PM IST

BJP has accepted crisis of credibility as a challenge: Rajnath Singh

08 Apr 2019, 12:05:46 PM IST

Rajnath Singh says BJP manifesto a step towards building a New India

08 Apr 2019, 12:05:01 PM IST

BJP taking 75 sankalp for 2022

Promising a transparent government, BJP president Amit Shah said the party is taking 75 'sankalp' (commitments), to change india by 2022, 75th year of independence.

08 Apr 2019, 11:56:25 AM IST

BJP has created a record by taking inputs from 6 crore people in manifesto: Amit Shah

08 Apr 2019, 11:52:44 AM IST

BJP government changed the scale of thought: Amit Shah

08 Apr 2019, 11:46:52 AM IST

BJP gave decisive government in 5 years: BJP

Speaking at the party's election manifesto release, BJP president Amit Shah said in the last five years, the BJP has worked towards providing a decisive government, under the leadership of Narendra Modi.

08 Apr 2019, 11:27:11 AM IST

PM Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in Delhi, party manifesto release shortly: ANI

08 Apr 2019, 01:04:55 PM IST

BJP tried to crowdsource manifesto

BJP had tried to reach out to people for their suggestions and had placed 1,500 suggestion boxes in assembly constituencies so that people can give their suggestions. It is for the first time that the party tried to crowdsource its manifesto.

In the course of the manifesto preparations, BJP leaders said that one of the over riding themes which was suggested by the people was on national security and dealing with terrorists.

Prime Minister has also promised to double farm income by 2022 and to provide house for all by 2022. The two schemes could boost rural economy and infrastructure in villages. The party has also promised to complete it's rural electrification scheme and also provide cooking gas to a larger number of poor.

08 Apr 2019, 01:04:55 PM IST

What to expect from BJP manifesto

With the idea of development of marginalised section of people, the BJP manifesto is expected to talk about the problems of rural distress, job creation and providing a corruption-free government.

The union government has already announced the PM Kisan scheme which promises to give 6,000 to farmers annually. It is expected to benefit at least 12 crore small and marginal farmers and the first installment of 2,000 has already been given to at least 2 crore farmers.