BJP scans next set of core agenda for vision document


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BJP to soon unveil vision document for Lok Sabha elections

By Manish Anand

New Delhi, April 1: The manifesto committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held its first meeting on Monday. Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh presided over the meeting. Union Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters that the committee will meet again in the next few days.

The manifesto committee is examining suggestions received by the BJP. The saffron outfit had run mobile vans and missed call campaigns to connect with the people to gather inputs for the vision document.

Some of the affiliates of the BJP have submitted their suggestions. The Rajnath Singh-headed panel consists of three chief ministers and several senior party leaders.

“The manifesto committee has to come out with a vision document that could act as a lamp post for the BJP for the next decade,” said a senior party functionary. It is also being said that the committee has to find out the next set of core agenda for the BJP.

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“The all India  pratinidhi sabha meeting of the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) also has given a number of inputs. They will also be weighed for inclusion in the vision document of the BJP,” added the BJP functionary.

It may be noted that the BJP-led government at the Centre already claims to have delivered on the core agenda of the party. Issues such as construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya and abrogation of Article 370 were known as the core agenda of the BJP.

“The commitment on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), Population Policy, anti-conversion law at the national level, reclaiming land holdings with religious bodies such as Waqf Board, temple management and also their restoration, and others could be the next set of sensitive issues which may form the core agenda of the BJP,” said another senior BJP functionary.

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The first meeting of the manifesto committee dwelt on the ‘viksit Bharat’ roadmap as well as agenda for the government in the next few years. The BJP claims that India will be a developed nation by 2047. It will be the centenary of India’s Independence in 2047.

The UCC agenda is already rolling out after Uttarakhand enacted a law recently. Gujarat and Assam are also mulling laws on UCC. The BJP will hope to set an electoral narrative with the vision document of the party.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently been speaking of taking legal advice to find ways to return the money seized from accused in the corruption cases to the people. The BJP vision document is also likely to focus on Modi’s claims of returning the ill-gotten money from the corruption accused to the people.

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