RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav Released His Party Manifesto For Bihar Elections

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The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Bihar’s main Opposition party, on Saturday released its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election. The manifesto reiterates the party’s promise of more employment opportunities and improved health infrastructure.

The document was unveiled by the ‘Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav, who has targeted the current Nitish Kumar government over rising unemployment in the state.

“This is not a manifesto but it is a promise. It is a promise of change. It is a detailed document touching upon all relevant aspects to make Bihar prosperous,” he said.

The RJD’s manifesto, titled ‘Hamara Pran (Our resolve)’, highlights the promise of “immediately” providing 10 lakh jobs to youth in the state.

“People used to mock us, how will we give employment…jobs. There is a difference between earning and jobs. One can earn by selling pakodas, cleaning the drains, or picking up garbage. We are not saying that. We are clearly saying that we will provide 10 lakh jobs. We are going to provide government jobs in our first cabinet meeting itself,” Tejashwi said.

He added, “The Bihar government can easily provide 4 lakh jobs… The state has a budget of Rs 2.13 lakh crore of which only 60 percent has been spent. Nitish Kumar has not been able to spend the remaining 40 percent, which is Rs 80,000 crore.”

Appealing to voters with a “vow” to bring about change in Bihar, Tejashwi said that the party will work to equip the state to compete with the national employment average.

Accusing the saffron party of making “fake promises”, he taunted the party by exaggerating its poll announcement of creating 19 lakh jobs in the next five years.

“I could have also promised one crore jobs just for the sake of promise. If we had to make a false promise, why would we say we would create 10 lakh jobs? We could have also said 50 lakh or 1 crore jobs but why 10 lakh? We have to make Bihar better. We don’t make false promises like the BJP,” he said.

The RJD has also promised to build employment centres in every district and raise the minimum number of compulsory work days under NREGA to 200. The party also said that employment will be generated for professionals including teachers, professors, junior engineers, doctors, nurses lab technicians.

“We need more police for the law and order of the state. Manipur is a smaller state but it has more police per lakh population than Bihar,” Tejashwi said.


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