On Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to share their thoughts on the party’s manifesto, which he hailed as ‘revolutionary’. In a video posted on Instagram, Gandhi emphasized that the Congress manifesto represents the aspirations of every Indian and encouraged feedback through social media channels.

Addressing the timing of the video, Gandhi explained that he recorded it after returning from a protest in Telangana, despite the late hour. He expressed the relevance of the message and posted it the following morning, around 10 a.m., ensuring its visibility to a wider audience.

Gandhi expressed gratitude to those who contributed to shaping the manifesto, highlighting the collaborative effort behind its creation. The Congress party had unveiled its manifesto, titled ‘Nyay Patra’, on April 5 at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi. Present at the release were party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, along with former presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

The ‘Nyay Patra’ manifesto revolves around five key pillars: ‘Yuva Nyay’, ‘Naari Nyay’, ‘Kisaan Nyay’, ‘Shramik Nyay’, and ‘Hissedari Nyay’. It encapsulates the party’s commitments to justice and inclusivity, aligning with its electoral promises for the upcoming polls.

Outlined in the manifesto are several significant promises:

  1. Social justice initiatives include plans for a comprehensive socio-economic and caste census aimed at documenting various caste demographics and socio-economic statuses, crucial for targeted policy interventions.
  2. The party pledges to reserve 50% of central government jobs for women beginning in 2025, emphasizing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workforce.
  3. Congress commits to introducing legislation to formally recognize civil unions among LGBTQIA+ couples, following extensive consultations with stakeholders, a move toward inclusivity and equal rights.
  4. In agriculture, the party promises legal assurance for Minimum Support Prices (MSP) aligned with recommendations from the Swaminathan Commission, providing stability and support to farmers.

As India gears up for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, scheduled in seven phases from April 19 to June 1, with results declared on June 4, the Congress manifesto presents a comprehensive vision for a more just and equitable society.

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