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    Posted on 04 Dec 2012
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    Congress releases its manifesto for Gujarat polls

    Implementation of right to education, Sachar Committee report, feature in Congress' agenda; polls scheduled for 13 and 17 December

    Tehelka Bureau
    New Delhi

    Sheila Dikshit released the Congress manifesto for Gujarat Assembly elections in Ahmedabad on Tuesday

    Photo Courtesy: gujaratcongress.org

    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday 4 December released the Congress manifesto for Gujarat Assembly elections in Ahmedabad.


    Key features of the manifesto included free laptops, tablets for school and college students, reviving more than 60,000 small scale industries, subsidies for agricultural equipment, and the implementation of right to education in the state. The manifesto also promised proper adoption of guidelines of the 6th pay commission in the state and completion of the Sardar Sarovar Canal work. Provisions that would make all public services to be carried out in a specific time frame was also promised.

    Increasing the transparency of the government functioning was also a promise made in the manifesto. “The RTI in the state is not working properly. Instead of 10 commissioners, there are only two working commissioners. We will appoint all the necessary officers if elected,” Arjun Modhwadia, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Chief told reporters. But the most notable promise of the manifesto was that pertaining to the implementation of the recommendations of the Sachar Committee report. Congress said that it would consider the guidelines of the Sachar Committee for the betterment of the Muslim community if the state.

    Referring to the comments made by several senior BJP leaders regarding Modi’s competence to be the next Prime Minister of the country, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter, “How can a state election be an indicator whether somebody is fit to be PM?” Terming the administration in Gujarat a ‘misrule,’ Dikshit said “Come to Delhi, see how it has become an international city. We don’t say it, the world says it. Not so with any city in Gujarat.”

    On Monday 3 December, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi had released BJP's manifesto for the polls that are scheduled on 13 and 17 December.

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