SP releases election manifesto, promises caste-based census

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SP releases election manifesto, promises caste-based census

Thursday, 11 April 2024 | PNS | Lucknow

Endorsing the right based entitlement politics of the Congress, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday unveiled the party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, promising a caste based-census by 2025.

Samajwadi Party and Congress are the constituent of the opposition block Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

The SP promises free education for girls from KG to PG classes.

In the manifesto, Akhilesh Yadav said the main demands in this vision document include the right to protect the Constitution, the right to protect democracy, the right to freedom of media, and the right to social justice.

He added that the right to social justice is needed for the development of the country and inclusive development is not possible without the caste census.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Akhilesh Yadav, while releasing the SP manifesto, said, “We have named our vision document as ‘Janata Ka Maang Patra – Humara Adhikar’. The main demands in this vision document are the right to protect the Constitution, the right to protect democracy, the right to freedom of media, and the right to social justice… the right to social justice is needed for the development of the country. Inclusive development is not possible without the caste census. Caste census is the axis of development of the country.”

The SP also promised reservation to women in government jobs.

Akhilesh Yadav said the party had invited suggestions from the people on social media and the document was largely based on the demands and suggestions made by the common people.

The manifesto promises monthly Rs 500 for data and monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for women. The SP has also promised to give free wheat flour along with wheat. The manifesto also promises hike in per day wages of MGNREGA labourers to Rs 450.

Akhilesh Yadav said the SP would end the Agnipath scheme and introduce regular recruitment in the armed forces. 

The document was released at the SP state office here in the presence of senior party leaders.

The SP manifesto also promised legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers for purchasing all crops. It said the price would be determined on the basis of Swaminathan formula.

Akhilesh Yadav said the old pension scheme (OPS) would be launched for everyone, including paramilitary personnel.

The SP president claimed that 80 per cent youth were facing unemployment and this rate was as high as 90 per cent in rural areas. He said the situation was far worse in Uttar Pradesh and the state government was reluctant to enforce reservation as it wanted to deny government jobs to youth,

He alleged the question papers of competitive examinations in the state were deliberately leaked by the government to prepare ground for cancelling the examinations.

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