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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, November 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda on Saturday unveiled party’s ‘Ghoshnapatra (poll promises)’, which takes a leaf out of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath model of muscular governance against agitators who damage public properties. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had already copied the Yogi model, which has now travelled to Gandhinagar.

The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 27 years, and the state will vote on December 1 for the first phase of polling for 89 Assembly constituencies. The BJP poll promises is a list of 40 commitments, which lean heavily on the agenda of making a muscular police force, besides a clear admission that health and education are top agenda for the people in Gujarat.

“We will implement the Gujarat Recovery of Damages of Public and Private Properties Act. This will ensure recovery of damages to public and private properties by anti-social elements during riots, violent protests, unrest, and so on,” the BJP poll manifesto stated, which also committed to setting up of an anti-radicalisation cell (in the state police) to identify and eliminate potential threats, and sleeper cells of the terrorist organisations and anti-India forces. The Yogi government, with Chief Minister earning the sobriquet of ‘Bulldozer Baba’, has given an undiluted account of the muscular administration, which loses no time to bulldoze properties of arsonists and protestors, while some of the complainants have knocked the door of the Supreme Court for grievance redressal.

“We will implement the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee’s recommendation,” Nadda said. This is part of the pattern, as seen in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh also, as part of the saffron outfit’s bid to milk the polarization chard in the state elections even while the return is fast diminishing.

In a clear admission that the people in Gujarat are according high priority to the healthcare issue, the BJP has committed a bouquet of promises in the poll manifesto – AIIMS like institutions, doubling Ayushman coverage to Rs 10 lakh, Rs 110 crore for free diagnostic, and Rs 10,000 crore to create three medicities. Also, the BJP makes commitment for scaling up the education infrastructure, including setting up IIT like institutions, adopting 20,000 schools for excellence centres and so on, with focus on green energy, semiconductor and fitech. It may be recalled that Gujarat recently bagged a big ticket semiconductor project to be set up by billionaire Anil Agarwal in the state.

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