The Congress party this Wednesday launched its manifesto for the up-coming general elections, further promising to pull the India’s low-class of into the middle class by creating more than 10 crore new jobs. The Congress, which leads the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, said it was aiming at the social, economic and political transformation of India keeping in mind the aim of Congress to build a “secular, liberal and inclusive” nation.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the party president Sonia Gandhi as well asthe vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who launched the manifesto further stressed at the inclusive economic growth. “The nature and quality of growth is equally important to ensure that the gains of growth are equitably distributed,” the manifesto said. “The BJP’s narrow and communal perspective denies equality to all. Theirs is an exclusionary doctrine. The UPA government’s record on growth is unparalleled. However, given the economic slowdown in the last few years, driven by the global financial crisis, bringing India back on track to achieve 8% inclusive growth will be an overriding priority of the next Congress-led government.”
Sonia Gandhi while answering questions by reporters at the launch, rejected all opinion polls that showed BJP having a clear lead. “I don’t have much faith in opinion polls as they have been proved wrong again and again,” she said. “In 2004 also, the story of Congress was over as per the opinion polls. In 2009 also, we were given no chance. But we got more seats. So, we cannot go 100% by the opinion polls.”
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