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BJP SAY NO TO FDI IN RETAIL

MANIFESTO 2014



Describing the UPA's 10-year rule as "decade of decay", BJP today promised to restore investor confidence by promoting growth, checking inflation, pushing tax reforms and encouraging foreign investments, but said no to FDI in multibrand retail.
The BJP manifesto, released in the presence of its top leaders, also proposes greater push to infrastructure, high speed trains, 100 modern cities and thrust on job creation along with skills development.
"Decade under the UPA - I and II can rightly be summed in one line, the 'Decade of Decay', in which India had a free fall on all fronts - be it governance, economy, diplomacy, foreign policy, border safety, etc," it said.
The absence of statecraft, it said, has never been felt so acutely as today.
"The collapse of the Indian economy has contributed to the sorry state of foreign affairs in no small measure," the 42-page manifesto said.
Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of dragging the country through 10 years of jobless growth, BJP said it will accord high priority to job creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship".
BJP further vowed to fight UPA's "tax terrorism" and promised a "non-adversarial and conducive tax environment" by rationalising and simplifying the tax structure.
The party said it will work with all state governments to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will subsume most of the indirect taxes.
"We will bring back credibility and trust in government, re-sowing confidence in the India story domestically as well as internationally. Through consistent, long-term policies, we will not just spur the process of economic growth, but also ensure that it is stable as well as balanced," it added.
With regard to the agriculture sector, it promises to create a single 'National Agriculture Market' and increase public investment in the farm sector.
On the issue, the manifesto says the BJP "reiterates" its stand to "explore all possibilities with the framework of the Constitution to facilitate the construction of the temple in Ayodhya."
Asked about the reported differences within BJP over inclusion of the temple issue, Joshi said "whatever is there is there in the manifesto. If you want to write something on the basis of your own perceptions, you are free to do".
To a query if the party was trying to confuse voters by raking up Hindutva issues including Ram Temple while projecting governance and development, he said, "this has nothing to do with Hindutva or athva (otherwise). This is only a promise of development programme."
He said Hindutva has never been an election issue and the manifesto was based on issues of development and governance.
"We have put it in the section on "Cultural Heritage". What is culturally important for us we have said," Joshi said referring to the promise on Ram Temple. He added that the issue had been included in the previous election manifesto too and the party's stand remained unchanged. The 'Cultural Heritage' section also has talks about creation of "necessary legal framework" to protect and promote cow and its progeny.
On Uniform Civil Code, the manifesto said Article 44 of the Constitution lists Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as one of the directive principles of the state policy.
"BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a UCC which protects the rights of all women and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a UCC drawing upon the best traditions and harmonising them with modern times," said the document prepared by a committee chaired by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi.
Dealing with Article 370 in the chapter on Jammu and Kashmir, the manifesto said "the BJP reiterates its stand on the Constitution provision and will discuss this with all stakeholders and remains committed to the abrogation of this article."
Return of the Kashmiri Pandits to the land of their ancestors with full dignity, security and assured livelihood will figure hight on the BJP's agenda, it said.

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