RJD manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha Election: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday released his party’s manifesto for the ensuing 2019 Lok Sabha election. The RJD manifesto promised food, employment opportunity for the youth and unemployed, education for all and reservation for Dalits and the backward classes in government jobs and education. At the same time, Tejashwi Yadav supported Congress’s NYAY scheme. He said reservation will be given on the basis of the recommendations made by the Mandal Commission.
Addressing media in the state capital, Tejashwi said the proposed blueprint in the RJD manifesto will help uplift the poor and farmers of the society. Apart from that, he said RJD has always favoured reservation in the private sector and the party will implement it if voted to power.
Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha were present with Tejashwi during the release of the 2019 election manifesto in Patna on Monday. Bihar is all set to witness bipolar elections between the NDA (comprising BJP, JDU & LJP) and the Grand Alliance which includes the RJD, Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), HAM and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) due to the absence of a Third Front.
The Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD is trying to consolidate non-Yadav OBC votes in the state. The party, for the first time, is contesting in less than 25 seats as it hopes that its smaller allies, which hold sway on some OBC voters, would help it secure more votes.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA had won 31 seats (BJP-22, RLSP-3 and LJP-6) without having JD(U) in its camp, but it remains to be seen if Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar still has a grip on the backward castes in a state.
Bihar, which sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha, will see polling in all seven phases beginning on April 11, 2019. About 15.50 lakh new voters in the age bracket of 18-19 years will exercise their franchise in the state.