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Congress releases manifesto, Rahul calls it voice of people

The Congress chief said if his party is elected to power, its government would spend 6% of the GDP on education

By PTI in New Delhi

  • Published 2.04.19, 1:13 PM
  • Updated 2.04.19, 1:35 PM
(From left to right) IPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the release of the Congress manifesto at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, on Tuesday.
(From left to right) IPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the release of the Congress manifesto at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. (Prem Singh)

The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections and party president Rahul Gandhi described it as the "voice of people".

Senior party leader P. Chidambaram asserted that “wealth and welfare” is the manifesto's central theme.

Rahul Gandhi was joined by other top party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, as the Opposition party unveiled its manifesto.

Chidambaram said real issues in the country are unemployment, farmer distress and women's safety among others, and accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of trying to take narrative to hyper-nationalism.

Singh said the manifesto's purpose is to spell out the vision for the country to move towards progressive and inclusive economy and polity.

The Congress chief said if his party is elected to power, its government would spend six per cent of the GDP on education.

His party will work to unite the people, he said, accusing the Narendra Modi government of dividing the society and spreading hatred.