Ranchi, Sept. 8: The Jharkhand Congress has constituted a six-member committee, led by state unit chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, to prepare the party’s manifesto for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Assigning specific tasks to each of the committee members, Bhagat has asked them to submit separate lists of “promises” to woo voters in Jharkhand during the parliamentary polls.
While former minister Devendra Nath Champia has been asked to explore issues concerning the Scheduled Tribes, party leader Jagrani Kujur has been directed to focus on women’s problems. Similarly, Gulfam Muzibi has been tasked with affairs related to minority communities and J.P. Gupta will suggest ways to win over backward communities.
The committee’s co-ordinator Anadi Brahma, on the other hand, will concentrate on other major issues, like health, education, water, road, power and youth affairs. Once they submit their reports, Bhagat will discuss them with other party leaders, before sending the final recommendations to the party high command.
Like the Congress, almost all leading political parties have begun their preparations for the next polls. Some of the parties are planning to use the demand for a special status for Jharkhand as their poll plank.
“We are not opposed to special packages for the state’s growth. But, whether it is the only option and if we should include it in our manifesto will be decided after proper consideration,” said Bhagat.