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BJP's CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa Releases Party Manifesto For Karnataka, Farmers In Focus

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| May 4 , 2018 , 12:01 IST

The chief ministerial candidate for the BJP in Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Friday released the party manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections along with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and other leaders.

Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that BJP's vote share in the state will increase, especially after the release of the manifesto, which focuses on benefits for farmers and women empowerment.

"Our vote share will increase by three to four percent once people read our manifesto," said Yeddyurappa.

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"We are committed to reducing the burden of debt on our Annadaatas (farmers). We will announce a crop loan waiver up to Rs one lakh, including all loans from nationalised banks and co-operatives, in our first cabinet meeting for the benefit of our farmers," he said.

"Welfare of farmers has always been our priority. We will allocate Rs 1,50,000 crore for various irrigation projects in Karnataka and ensure water reaches to every field in the state," Yeddyurappa added.

The saffron party also announced that if voted to power, a Rs 5,000 crore 'Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund' will be established to support farmers during price fluctuations. In the manifesto, the BJP also announced its intentions of setting up a Raitha Bandhu Department, under the Chief Minister's Office which would monitor the implementation of all farmer friendly schemes.

The BJP also promised to provide free sanitary napkins to BPL women and girl students and at Rs. 1 for other women under a new “StreeSuvidha Scheme.”

View highlights of the manifesto below:

The state assembly elections for Karnataka are set to take place on May 12, with the counting on May 15. As one of the last major bastions of the Congress party, the campaigning ahead of the elections has witnessed a fierce battle between the BJP and Congress.