Congress releases Karnataka assembly poll manifesto; promises to repeal all ‘anti-people laws’ passed by BJP government


BENGALURU: The Congress on Tuesday promised in its manifesto for the May 10 Assembly elections to repeal all “unjust and anti-people laws” passed by the BJP government in Karnataka within one year of coming to power in the state.

In the manifesto for the polls released here by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in the presence of the state unit chief DK Shivakumar, CLP leader Siddaramaiah and others, the party reiterated its five guarantees: Gruha Jyothi, Gruha Lakshmi, Anna Bhagya, Yuva Nidhi and Shakti.

The Congress in the manifesto promised to “repeal all unjust laws and anti-people laws passed by the BJP government within one year of coming to power”.

The manifesto called ‘Sarva Janangada Shanthiya Thota’ (Peaceful garden of all communities) includes the Shakti scheme which will provide free travel to all women throughout the state in regular KSRTC/ BMTC buses and the Gruha Lakshmi scheme under which each woman head of the family will receive Rs 2,000.

Kharge said, “I am giving the sixth guarantee that these guarantees will surely be implemented in the first cabinet meeting on the first day of the government formation.”

In the run-up to the May 10 voting in Karnataka, the Congress also promised:

To create Prakruthi Vikopa Nidhi (Natural Disaster Fund) – a permanent fund – by creating an initial corpus fund of Rs 5,000 cr.

To bring in an amendment to the Forest Act to solve forest dwellers problems.

To create a brand of coffee in Karnataka.

To purchase cowdung at Rs 3 per kg and establish compost/manure centres in villages by involving rural women and youth.

Interest-free loans to women to buy 2 cows or buffalos.

To build country’s largest boat building yard in Mangaluru.

To provide 500 litres of tax-free diesel every year for deep sea fishing.

Rs 1.5 lakh cr for irrigation in next five years, which included funding for disputed irrigation projects such as Mekedatu and Mahadayi.

Rs 500 cr will be allocated to Mahadayi project in the first Cabinet meeting.

To establish a gold and diamond park in Mangaluru.

Start-up fund of Rs 10 cr to each constituency.

Rs 1,000 cr for research and development in modern technology.

Special package for revival of establishments closed due to demonetisation and Covid pandemic.

High speed wi-fi hotspot in every gram panchayat.

TenderSURE roads to be extended to cities with more than 10 lakh population.

Amendment to 1972 Karnataka Apartment Owners Act to ease transfer of property.

Farm loans of upto Rs 10 lakh to be sanctioned at zero interest.

Withdrawing the three farm laws enacted in the state under BJP rule

Rs 200 cr for scientific measures to prevent man-animal conflict

Amid Nandini row, Congress promises to increase milk production in the state to 1.5 lakh litres under Mission Ksheera Kranthi.

All sanctioned vacant government posts to be filled within one year.

Old Pension scheme to all government employees appointed post 2006

Contract employees in serving in Health and Family Welfare Department for 15-20 years will be made permanent

Police appointments to be made in such a way that one-third of the staff are women and minimum of one percent posts to be reserved for third gender

Rs 200 cr fund for research to prevent cyber and economic offences

Strong legal action against groups that sow discord in society, may it be groups such as Bajrang Dal from majority community or PFI from minority community.

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