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Dec 03, 2012 at 04:34pm IST

Gujarat polls: Narendra Modi promises insurance for all in BJP manifesto

Ahmedabad: Just 10 days before the first phase of Gujarat's elections, Chief Minsiter Narendra Modi has released the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) poll manifesto. Released in the form of a 'commitment letter', Modi's manifesto is focused on his development agenda. Modi has made sweeping promises with a focus on roads and highways, and homes for the poor. The BJP has also promised major irrigation projects.

Modi, while releasing the manifesto, said, "Normally people use the word manifesto, I have chosen the word 'Sankalp Patra' which means my commitment towards Gujarat."

Highlighting the housing projects, Modi said, "In the past 10 years, BJP has constructed 22 lakh houses. In the next five years, we will construct 50 lakh houses more. Congress in its rule had just made 10 lakh houses."

Promising employment in the agriculture sector, Modi said, "Agriculture will produce maximum number of employment for Gujarat. In the next five years, Gujarat will once again become the textile capital of India. Cotton farmers will be the biggest beneficiary."

"There has been a lot of development. We've made a new middle class from those who were poor earlier," Modi added. "For the first time in Gujarat, I will ensure insurance for all," Modi said.

The party has promised greater job opportunities for more than 30 lakh youths of the state if voted back to power. "We will set up new super specialty hospitals, provide safe drinking water, develop agro infrastructure and provide jobs opportunities to women," Modi told reporters.

Modi is confident about getting a third term as the chief minister, and said his government would provide loans to farmers at cheap rates.

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