Ranchi, Sept. 12: All-round growth in Jharkhand and a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre will be JVM’s slogans for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Releasing its manifesto for the coming general elections today in Ranchi, the party leadership said it would favour an alternative to the two national parties, which would be committed to uplift of poor and improve Jharkhand’s say in the national politics. The JVM, with an eye on all the 14 constituencies in Jharkhand, will announce its candidates soon.
Though party supremo Babulal Marandi remained tight-lipped on the prime ministerial candidate, the JVM manifesto does demand that the Prime Minister be directly elected by common voters.
It also proposes a model code of conduct for impartial functioning of governors, increasing the number of Jharkhand Assembly seats to 162, and setting up of Jharkhand Legislative Council.
“Our main area of operation is confined to Jharkhand. But, our state (region) has often played a decisive role in national politics since the days of unified Bihar. Jharkhand’s growth is our top priority. If we have a say in the formation of the government at the Centre, we will bring about necessary amendments to Constitution,” he said.
The manifesto also pitches for a government that would safeguard the country’s borders and national integrity.