The Rajasthan Congress released the party manifesto on Thursday, promising to waive the loan of farmers and provide free education to women and jobs to youth.

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and chairman of the manifesto committee Harish Choudhary released the party manifesto.

Pilot said the manifesto was prepared after taking opinions through multiple platforms such as social media. He added that two lakh suggestions were received for the preparation of the manifesto.

Pilot said the Congress party will waive the loans of farmers if voted to power, an announcement the party president Rahul Gandhi had made during an election meeting in Jaisalmer’s Pokhran Assembly constituency on Monday.

He said the Congress intends to give Rs 3,500 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the state.

The party has also promised to bring a legislation for the protection of journalists in the state. The party has promised to form an implementation committee for time-bound implementation of the manifesto.

The ruling party in the state BJP had released its manifesto on Tuesday.

Terming it as disappointing, Pilot on Tuesday had said that BJP manifesto is a copy of the 2013 manifesto of the party.

“As the ruling government failed to fulfil its promises made during in the 2013 manifesto, it has again brought the same manifesto by changing its contents a little,” Pilot had said.

Had the ruling government been serious about doubling the farmers’ income by bringing transparent MSP policy for them, as mentioned in the manifesto released on Tuesday, it should have done so within its five-year tenure, he said.

The BJP in its manifesto has promised a monthly unemployment dole of Rs 5,000 and 30,000 government jobs in five years.

The manifesto was unveiled on Tuesday by Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at BJP’s media centre in the state capital.

The manifesto promises 30,000 government jobs, with Raje emphasizing 50 lakh additional jobs in the private sector in next five years.

Besides an allowance of Rs 5,000 per month to the eligible unemployed youths over 21 years of age, the manifesto also promises a transparent process to strengthen the minimum support price to double farmers’ income.

The assembly election is scheduled for December 7 and the counting will take place on December 11.


(With agency inputs)