RJD Manifesto Relies Heavily on Reservation

RJD leaders releasing election manifesto in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar on Monday released its poll manifesto for the 2019 Parliamentary elections with promises of reservation in private companies and judiciary and welfare schemes for Dalits and Muslims taking the front seat in the long list of announcements.

“If the Grand Alliance came into power, it will take the benefits of development from the clutches of a few rich and privileged ones and gift it to the ordinary people of India,” Tejaswi Yadav, RJD de facto president and son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, said.

With the majority of the focus concentrating on issues related to reservation, the manifesto promises to revisit existing policies and fix them so those who have been unfairly denied admission in schools and colleges or employment will also be able to derive its benefits.

Other highlights of the RJD manifesto includes census based on caste breakdown, reservation in private companies and judiciary, formation of a national judiciary commission, a national action plan for employment, and ending of the new pension plan with the old plan that presumably worked better for poor people.

With a virtual race among all parties as to who would give more free money to voters, RJD announced a minimum of Rs. 2000 monthly pension to women with no family, and to members of Dalits, backwards and extreme backward class.

A ‘Helpline’ for youths looking for jobs, withdrawal of 10% reservation for upper caste, job opportunities in police department even for those who have studied only up 7th or 8th grade; permanent job status for Anganbari and Asha workers, filling of vacant positions in the state government, 0.6 to 0.10 decimal land to landless in rural areas and a new policy for landless in urban areas are some of the other promises that the RJD is making in its manifesto.

Another salient feature of the RJD announcement is the proposed removal of tax on ‘toddy’ and its byproducts.

“Toddy is a source of income and a livelihood for a lot of people in Bihar and we will waste no time in removing this so the families that have been destroyed in the NDA regime will once again have a choice to go back to the business that their fathers, grandfathers have been into from many generations,” Tejaswi Yadav said.

Party state president Ramchandra Purvey, national spokesperson Manoj Jha, general secretary Alok Mehta, spokesperson Chittaranjan Gagan, and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav were also present on the occasion.

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