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Cong manifesto: More saffron than BJP

November 13, 2003 21:44 IST

In a bid to counter an aggressive Bharatiya Janata Party on the Hindutva front, the ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday pledged to grant minority status to the Sindhis and provide financial assistance to Mansarovar pilgrims and cow welfare initiatives.

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The 70-page Congress manifesto for the December 1 assembly poll in Madhya Pradesh was released in Bhopal by the state unit chief, Radhakishan Malviya, in the presence of Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.

The Sindhi community -- a traditional BJP vote bank -- has substantial presence in commercial centres like Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal, and the promise to grant them minority status is an obvious ploy to win their votes.

The manifesto promises generous financial assistance for construction of 'gaushalas' (cow shelters) in the state. It also speaks ofan advisory board for suggesting reforms in administration of temples.

The Congress has also promised to take necessary steps for proper development of religious places belonging to the minority community.

The manifesto says those found guilty in spreading communal riots will be barred from contesting elections.

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Sub: Cong Manifesto more saffron

Attempts to attract one cast of society is not safforonization in fact Congress is playing the politics of castism as that of in UP by ...

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Sub: Saffron????????

I could not understand How the writer mentioned the manifesto as Saffron??? there are no issues which only favours Hindus, one who reads the whole ...

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