hopal: Shedding its secularist rhetoric, Congress has gone the way of the ruling BJP dispensation to appease the majority Hindu community ahead of the crucial State Assembly elections. Headed by veteran leader Kamal Nath in the state, Congress in its election manifesto for Madhya Pradesh polls has among other things promised production of cow urine and cow dung on an industrial level.
Taking a soft Hindutva approach in the MP manifesto titled “Congress Vachan patra” released on Saturday (November 10), the party also promised a Adhyatmik vibhag or spiritual department in the state to promote the Sanskrit language.
The 112-page manifesto also talks about developing a Ram Path – a mythical route taken by Hindu god Ram during his 14-year exile and the commercial production of kanda or cow dung and Gaumutra or cow urine.
The party promised to build gaushalas or cow shelters in every village panchayat and arranging nursing facilities for injured cows.
Launched in the presence of Congress state president Kamal Nath, state campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, the manifesto also talks of measures for conservation of river Narmada (considered holy by Hindus), allocation of Rs 1,100 crore for construction of sacred places along the river bank.
The grand old party earlier faced flak from BJP for appeasing minorities after the former released a 'Christian manifesto' for Telangana polls. In Telangana, a proposal by Congress minority cell drew the ire of the BJP for mentioning Christian manifesto. The BJP has called it blatant appeasement and asked election commission to take note of the same. The Congress, however, clarified that the move had the right intention of formulating policies for benefit of minorities but was worded wrong.