UCC, Muslim quota abolition, cows: Amit Shah releases Telangana BJP manifesto

Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana on Saturday, November 18, promised to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) along with promises like the abolition of reservations based on religious quota and the delivery of desi cows to interested farmers for free.

Union home minister Amit Shah released the manifesto titled ‘Sakala Janula Saubhagya Telangana‘.

The manifesto also promises the reduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to provide economic relief, a committee to probe into Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) led state government’s ‘corruption’ and ‘irregularities’ in the implementation of government schemes and policies.

Abolition of reservations based on religion

The party also plans to abolish reservations based on religious grounds, which it deems unconstitutional, and reallocate them to BCs, SCs, and STs. At present, Telangana is providing a quota of 4 percent to Muslims.

The BJP also promised to set up to draft a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), with a special focus on expediting the sub-categorisation within the Scheduled Castes (SC) to uplift the most disadvantaged sections.

‘Meebhoomi’ in place of Dharani

Addressing the issue of land ownership and administration, the manifesto outlines plans to dismantle the current Dharani system and introduce ‘Meebhoomi’, another web portal system promising a ‘transparent’ mechanism in land governance.

Additionally, the BJP has promised a special nodal ministry is proposed to ensure the seamless execution of central government schemes.

The manifesto also promises to protect the interests of Telangana’s Gulf residents by establishing a dedicated department for their welfare. Moreover, it guarantees timely disbursement of salaries to employees and pensions to pensioners by the 1st of each month.

This apart, the manifesto promises 4 free gas cylinders annually to all Ujjwala beneficiaries and free medical treatment up to 10 lakhs to eligible families in government and private hospitals.

Promises made by Sakala Janula Saubhagya Telangana:

  • Reduction of VAT on petrol and diesel to provide economic relief.
  • Distribution of free Desi cows to interested farmers to promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Creation of 10 lakh job opportunities for women, aiming to boost female employment.
  • Yearly health checkups for the financially weak to ensure their well-being.
  • Replacement of the Dharani system with Mee Bhoomi for transparent land governance.
  • A Special Nodal Ministry to enforce central government schemes efficiently.
  • Removal of religion-based reservations deemed unconstitutional, to ensure social justice.
  • Issuance of new ration cards for food security.
  • Provision of an additional Rs 2500 input assistance on top of the central fertiliser subsidy.
  • A Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3100 for paddy to support the farmers.
  • Development of Nizamabad as a ‘turmeric city’ to boost regional agriculture and trade.
  • Biannual conduct of TSPSC exams akin to UPSC to enhance recruitment transparency.
  • Establishment of Nodal Schools in every Mandal for educational development.
  • Scrutiny of private school fees to prevent exploitation and ensure affordability.
  • Establishment of a Gulf Board or Separate Ministry for the welfare of Gulf workers.
  • Distribution of house site titles to all eligible poor in villages.

Telangana is going to the polls on November 30.