Compare Mainfestos – weaker sections

Congress Manifesto:
BJP Manifesto:
Lok Satta Manifesto


1. The empowerment of the weaker sections of society — scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs, minorities
and women — has been an article of faith with the Indian National Congress. This will be carried forward
with emphasis on education, particularly skill-based and professional education.
2. Education at all stages — primary, secondary and university — will be free in all respects for boys and girls
belonging to dalit and adivasi communities.
3. Coaching fees for all entrance exams for at least one lakh scheduled caste/scheduled tribe students every
year will be paid by the Central Government.
4. National scholarships for boys and girls belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes will be further increased.
5. The Indian National Congress will take steps to ensure that allocations under the Special Component
Plan for scheduled castes and the Tribal Sub-Plan for scheduled tribes (first introduced by Indira Gandhi
over three decades ago) are made in accordance with their proportions in the population.
6. An unprecedented special drive was launched by the Prime Minister and over 53,000 vacancies in
government have been filled through direct recruitment or promotion ofmembers belonging to scheduled
castes and scheduled tribes. This drive will continue.
7. The Indian National Congress is deeply committed to pursuing affirmative action for scheduled castes and
scheduled tribes in the private sector. It has already initiated a national debate on this issue.
8. It also pledges to carve out a reservation for the economically weaker sections of all communities without prejudice to
existing reservations for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and OBCs. 




























The BJP will implement a set of policies committed to a massive expansion of modern
education among Muslims, particularly for the girl child, through a new nationwide network of
schools, in a public-private partnership programme. This will include, but not be limited to:
1. Capital assistance in new educational projects, both for basic and technical education,
in low-income minority areas. Each project will be vetted for viability by a team of
professionals within a maximum of six months.
2. Cash incentives for the education of the girl child, based on attendance and
performance. Incentives will rise for those girls who get admission into recognised colleges for higher education.
3. Computer centres will be set up in low income urban areas and the most backward
districts of the country.
4. The Ministry of Minority Affairs, today a stagnant source of toxic politics, will be
revitalised into a hub for economic projects specifically targeted towards employment
creation. There will be special emphasis on crafts and small-scale industries that
have been traditional employers of minorities.
5. Youth are the owners of the future, and it is our duty to make them a dynamic social
and economic engine for upliftment. The young do not live only in cities. In districts
like Murshidabad in Bengal, young girls are being forced by poverty into making
bidis on pathetic wages. Dynamic intervention is needed to improve income levels
where such jobs exist and to create fresh avenues of employment where they do not.
6. The unfortunate phase of confused loyalties in some minority sections is over.
Generations have been born in free India who are as committed to the nation as the
nation is committed to them. The success stories of Muslims in sports, cinema, industry
and a host of other fields, as individuals and team players, makes every Indian proud.
7. Terrorism does not have a religion. Those who espouse terrorism have stepped outside
the moral code of their religion into barbarism. We must lift community-relations
from the morass of misunderstanding.
8. A vibrant, modern India can have no place for either the perpetrators or the exploiters of fear.Religious Conversions
9. The BJP will facilitate, under the auspices of noted religious leaders, the setting up of a
permanent inter-faith consultative mechanism to promote harmony among and trust between
communities. This mechanism will also be used for a sustained and sincere Inter-Faith Dialogue
between leaders of the Hindu and Christian communities on all aspects of life, including the
issue of religious conversions. The dialogue should be held in the spirit of the unanimous report
of the Inter-Faith Dialogue on Conversions, which was organised at the Vatican in May 2006 by
the Pontifical Council for Inter-Faith Dialogue and the World Council of Churches, Geneva.  























Lok Satta

1. Guarantee equal opportunities for growth to all, irrespective of caste, religion, gender, and financial status.
2. Lok Satta government will work tirelessly to abolish caste within one generation.
3. School, College and University educational records will not refer to the caste of
the individual, except in the case of beneficiaries from schemes pertaining to SC,ST and BC.
4. Lok Satta Government will ensure that students from all castes live together in hostels. All government constructions will ensure that people belonging to
different castes stay together.
5· Abolition of caste will figure prominently in school education and necessary
changes will be made to the curriculum. This will pave the way for emergence of a nondiscriminatory
6· Irrespective of caste and religion, all children and youth from poor families will
be given 10% bonus marks at the time of entrance examinations, higher education
and employment. This will ensure an equal playing field for the disadvantaged to compete with children from richer sections of the society.
7· Special incentives for intercaste married couples and their children.
8· Lok Satta Government will create an asset for the poor from the discriminated sections.
9· Modernisation of various professions to enhance incomes, and ensure respect and
opportunities for all who practice them.
10· Special efforts will be taken by Lok Satta Party for the political empowerment of
discriminated castes and sections. 










































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