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Bengal Election: BJP Manifesto Promises Govt Job Reservations, Free Education For Women

In BJP manifesto women offered benefits and welfare promises ahead of Bengal assembly elections.

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Tanvi Akhauri
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BJP manifesto women benefits: Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday released the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s manifesto for the West Bengal assembly election 2021. The saffron party's 'Sankalp Patra,' envisioning a 'Sonar Bangla' (golden Bengal), impresses upon welfare for women, ranging from education, reservations to safety.

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33 percent will be reserved for women in the government jobs sector while free education will be provided "to women from KG to PG ," Shah said. Lambasting the opposition Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), Shah said "ill-governance" in the last ten years had turned Bengal "into one of the most unsafe states for women."

"Inaction for years has broken dreams of the youth and has stopped the flow of employment," he added.

In her party manifesto released earlier this week, Banerjee's welfare schemes had set out annual incomes for female heads of families across 1.6 crore households. Read highlights from the TMC manifesto. 

Under BJP Manifesto Women Offered Welfare Scheme Attractions

In the high-stakes political battle BJP and TMC are waging against each other for the turf of Bengal, the issue of women's safety has been brought up in a big way, prior to manifesto releases.

Addressing a rally in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched an attack on Banerjee's governance as regards women's security in Bengal. The TMC supremo, in response, had hit back questioning the state of women's safety in BJP-led states.

Other key points from the BJP manifesto: 

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The BJP also brought up the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which prompted national protests between 2019 and 2020, promising benefits for refugees living in India. "CAA will be implemented in the first Cabinet and refugees who have been staying here for 70 years will be given citizenship. Each refugee family will get Rs 10,000 per year for five years," Shah said.

The manifesto also promises to make Kolkata a UNESCO Heritage City by investing invest Rs 500 crore and boosting arts and culture in the state. With a focus on development of healthcare and infrastructure, Shah said the party would invest in building three new central hospitals in North Bengal, Jangalmahal and Sundarban for locals.

Under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, BJP promises transfer of Rs 18,000 each to 7.5 million farmers' bank accounts, as well as financial security for fishermen.

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