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Why does BJP release its poll manifesto after Congress?


NEW DELHI: Congress party launched its manifesto for the coming polls early this week. BJP is yet to unencumber its record of guarantees (some reports say, it should do so this Sunday). That's no longer sudden because the saffron party has launched its manifesto 'after' Congress in the closing 3 Lok Sabha polls too.

2004

Congress launched its manifesto on: March 22
BJP launched it on: April 8
Elections had been first held on: April 20

2009
Congress: March 24
BJP: April three
Elections: April 16

2014
Congress: March 26
BJP: April 7
Elections: April 7

2019
Congress: April 2

BJP: Likely on April 7

Elections: April 11


Closer to polls the simpler? In 2014, the BJP had launched its manifesto only at the first day of the nine-phased Lok Sabha ballot. During the Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017, it launched it just a day before the first segment of polling.


That's too late now: After the 2014 controversy, Congress party had complained to the Election Commission that the move could affect citizens. So, ahead of those elections, the EC has barred political events from freeing election manifestos in the closing 48 hours before polling. Earlier, there was once no limit at the timing of manifesto unencumber though EC regulations forbid any type of election-related canvassing 48 hours previous to polling and public show of election subject is banned below Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.


Does it assist? It's no longer clear whether or not freeing a manifesto at the fag end of the marketing campaign has helped BJP or no longer nevertheless it does signal that the party did not bank on its 'Sankalp Patra' influencing citizens much previously. However, this year, the times after the discharge of Congress manifesto would definitely give the 20-member BJP manifesto committee an opportunity to counter the guarantees made through the Congress if it needs to. After all, the Congress guarantees that experience created the most buzz are across the subjects that subject to BJP too (farmers, jobs, inside security, national security etc)


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