Congress Manifesto for Lok Sabha Election 2014


Congress party on Wednesday released its manifesto for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Party president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi released the manifesto at the party office in New Delhi. Releasing the party's manifesto 'Your Voice, Our Pledge' in New Delhi, they debunked the opinion polls, which predict a dismal show by the UPA, and said everybody will be "surprised" by the results. On the upbeat campaign mounted by NDA under Modi, Rahul said, "just like the 'India Shining' balloon exploded... I can say certainly the balloon will explode." "India shining was an excellent campaign. They thought they will get 350 seats. But it evaporated when the results came. I am confident that like the balloon of India Shining, this time also the balloon will explode," he said.
With Congress fighting the elections with its back to the wall on a variety of issues including corruption and price rise. He, however, said mechanisms have been put in place to deal with it. The 49-page manifesto was prepared over five months using a different approach of consulting people which Rahul did. It promised an ambitious six-point charter of pro-poor measures, including the right to affordable healthcare, housing and pension, and to uplift 80 crore of the population to the middle class.