BJP releases its manifesto ahead of the upcoming Assam assembly elections (ANI photo)
released the party’s manifesto for
on Tuesday, listing 10 broad commitments that include steps to protect the state’s “civilisation” through a “deradicalisation policy” aimed at identifying and cracking down on organisations and individuals found fanning communal exclusion and separatism. The vehicles for BJP’s development goal of an “atmanirbhar Assam” as it eyes a second term are free education in state-run schools for every child and creation of one lakh government jobs by March 2022.
Changing gears from its stance in 2016, when it had promised to protect the identity and land of indigenous communities from infiltrators from Bangladesh, BJP’s 2021 manifesto speaks about the need to safeguard the political rights of the native population. The party's old promise of completely sealing the India-Bangladesh border makes a reappearance alongside a commitment to strengthen the border wing of
and “enable a support structure” for foreigners’ tribunals to identify and probe investigation of cases of illegal immigration.
The manifesto states that the long overdue delimitation of assembly constituencies would be fast-tracked with an eye on protecting the political rights of indigenous communities.
While being silent on CAA, the document highlights the BJP-led state government and the Centre’s push for correction of the updated NRC that was published in 2019. “We will initiate the process of correction and reconciliation of entries under the Supreme Court-mandated NRC in a structured manner to protect genuine Indian citizens and exclude all illegal immigrants,” the manifesto states.
Referring to the annual devastation wrought by floods, BJP has promised that “Mission Brahmaputra” would “eliminate” loss of life, livelihood and property. “We shall do this through a multi-pronged strategy involving dredging the river (
) and building reservoirs to store excess water in the flood season.”