In order to bring out a “people’s manifesto” before the 2019 general elections, the Congress has decided to hold wider consultations with the public, said Rajiv Gowda, MP and convenor of the party’s manifesto committee for 2019.
The Congress has launched a website — manifesto.inc.in — to allow people to submit suggestions on the manifesto in 16 languages.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Mr. Gowda said the party leaders would hold on-the-ground consultations in Bengaluru on November 16 and 18. “We will ask the people, encourage and motivate them to tell us what they expect from the Congress and what they expect from the future government,” he said.
He said the manifesto committee has been set up under the chairmanship of P. Chidambaram, former Union Finance Minister, and the manifesto would likely be released in February or March. The committee will travel across the country to obtain inputs from people.
“In stark contrast, the Modi government is not only inattentive to the people’s voice, but is also crushing and suppressing alternative views,” Mr. Gowda said. “Over the past four years, the NDA government has systematically withdrawn from its constitutional responsibilities towards the common man and hurt vulnerable groups through its exclusionary policies.”