By Our Reporter | Shillong, February 15, 2018
As election date approaches closer, BJP on Thursday released a 17 page ‘Vision Document’ in its BJP unit office at Shillong. Amidst 10 major issues that the party highlights in the 17 pager, it asserts of resolving the mining issue within 180 days of forming the government.
The document was released by the Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of official spokespersons of Bharatiya Janata Party Nalin Kohli, BJP MLA, AL Hek and Union Minister of State K J Alphons among others.
The vision document of BJP also highlighted 10 major issues –
1. Housing for all with pukka roof
2. One job opportunity to every youth
3. Tapped and safe drinking water to every household
4. Pukka roads to connect every village in Meghalaya with the district headquarters
5. 24X7 electricity to every household
6. Employment to 2 lakh youth in the tourism industry
7. Resolution of mining issue within 180 days of forming the government
8. One packet of sanitary napkin to all women from BPL households
9. More government schools with trained teachers for every child to have access to education
10. More agricultural markets, including agri-markets for women
Expressing concern over the sorry state of women in matrilineal Meghalaya, Sitharaman said, ‘The Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds the issue of security of women as a matter of prime importance but we must not forget that law and order is a state subject and hence its implementation varies from state to state”, while adding that, “there is a quietude about women’s issues. The social fabric of Meghalaya has been strong and we wish to revive it”.
When asked as to why has the BJP fielded only two women candidates in Meghalaya, Sitharaman said, “When speaking about elections, the winnability factor of the candidate plays an important role. Also, we need to field candidates keeping in mind the strength of the opposition”.
The BJP has also ruled out the possibility of any post poll alliance with any regional party saying that this was the reason why the party chose to contest from 47 seats alone.