muraliravi wrote:On a different note,
BJP has still not released its Manifesto and may release it on April 7th the day of the 1st phase of elections.
What a shame and such scant regard for democracy for a party that talks so much about democracy. They will have 1000 explanations for the delay, but at the end of the day, it shows how shallow they are in their commitment on letting voters know what they plan to do if given an opportunity. People can always argue that Namo is explaining all that in his speeches, but that is not true, he is not covering all issues. Whether it affects them electorally or not, they have definitely let some people down and certainly the spirit of democracy.
Now some gossip, I heard that there is some serious fist fighting going on between RSS and BJP over issue like Temple, UCC, Article 370, Meat Export etc.. My gut feeling based on Namo's speeches etc.. is that there is no major issue over all the topics, just the niti gritties, but the temple maybe an issue. Some in Namo's team want to drop it. Please take this info with a bucket of salt.
As we discussed here threadbare some of these issues are like putting the cart before horse. However BJP can and must put some of these things in its manifesto. My recommendations are:
1/ Ban on Meat exports - BJP is not restricting any Indian about their food preferences. But exporting meat that too about 3-4 million cattle per year is a lot of stress on Indian eco-system and bad economics. Look at below details
Eco-footprint of a quarter pounder beef.
India exported 2.25 million tons of meat products in 2012 earning 18,000 crore Forex Income. Using above numbers it cost India the following to produce this beef.
- 57.62 million tons of animal feed (This costs anywhere between 5-10,000 crore @1000-2000 Rs/ton animal feed)
- 3.068 million acre feet of water
- 3.23 million acres of land
- 3.5 million barrels worth of crude oil energy costs about 2000 crore.
2/ Ban foreign donations to religious and NGO institutions until all the registered NGOs in India are thoroughly audited and proper licenses and tax systems are provided.
3/ Uniform Civil Code - Identify items from Muslim Personal Law that are in contradiction with Indian constitution and remove them from MPL purview
4/ A370 - Commit to remove A370 if BJP gets simple majority & work for consensus with NDA partners if not.
5/ Temple - reassert that BJP supports Temple reconstruction as its Secular duty because the Masjid there was built on top of temple.