11-point ‘Sankalp’ Patra of BJP and allies released for Punjab polls:

The Legislative Assembly elections were held in Punjab on February 20, 2022, to elect the 117 members of the 16th Assembly of the Punjab Legislative Assembly. The votes will be counted, and the results will be declared on March 10, 2022.

The BJP, in alliance with former chief minister Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt), had fought the assembly Election.

Like other parties/alliances, the BJP and its alliance partners are flexing their muscles to form the next government in Punjab after March 10, as they are confident of gaining a majority in the assembly.

On the eve of the election, an 11-point ‘Sankalp’ (pledge or commitment) document was released on Friday, February 11, 2022. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, PLC chief Amarinder Singh, SAD (Sanyukt) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Punjab BJP president Ashwani Kumar Sharma and general secretary Subash Sharma were present on this occasion.

During a media briefing Hardeep Singh Puri said, all the commitments made, in the Sankalp Patra, will be fulfilled in a time-bound manner within two years of the formation of t1he government. He further said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would ensure peace, safety, and security of Punjab and its people besides all-round development with “Sab ka Sath, sab ka Vikas” if it comes to power.

Unfortunately, he said the state had “fared badly” and needed supportive and robust leadership to revive its past and lost glory. 

He further said each and every word in the ‘Sankalp’ would be implemented in letter and spirit. 

Punjab BJP chief Sharma said there would be “zero tolerance” on the issue of sacrilege incidents and asserted that special task force and fast track courts would be set up for such incidents.

PLC leader Amarinder Singh promised to double ex-gratia compensation for the families of martyrs from defence forces to Rs 1 crore. He also promised relief of Rs 5 lakh to each family of the victims of terrorism during the “dark days” of militancy. Also, he announced the setting up of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for redressing the grievances of the families of the terrorist attack victims. 

According to the 11-point ‘Sankalp’ document, the NDA has promised:

  • Three hundred units of free power for everyone and Rs 3 per unit after consuming more than 300 units, while power for micro, small and medium enterprises will be charged at Rs 4 per unit and at Rs 5 for the rest of the industry.
  • Farm debt waiver for farmers having up to five acres of land,
  • MSP for fruits, vegetables, pulses, and oilseeds, Rs 5,000 crore for crop diversification,
  • Guaranteed 150 hours of work for youth every month under ‘Saksham Yuva Yojana’ and
  • Rs 4,000 per month unemployment allowance for unemployed graduates.

Towards Women Power

  • 33 percent reservation, for women, in the police force,
  • Setting up of women police stations and women courts in all districts,
  • Rs 1,000 per month scholarship from post-matric to post-graduate girls, and
  • Raising the Anganwadi worker allowance to Rs 10,000.

Old-Age Pension

  • Increase in old-age pension to Rs 3,000 per month

Law And Order and Drug Control

  • There would be strict implementation of law and a task force in each district to check drug supply, besides making dope tests mandatory for contestants before filing nomination papers.

To a question on the arrest of the nephew of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, he said, “Look, an investigation is an investigation. Suppose the investigating officer feels that somebody is corrupt or has done something wrong. It is his job to do it. So why are you blaming parties? It is the job of any agency. Be it ED, CBI, or anybody it is.” 

Replying to a question, Puri described his party’s previous alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal as a “bad marriage” and said they were happy that the SAD broke the alliance.

 To a question on the chief ministerial face of the alliance, Amarinder Singh said, “Let us first fight the elections. We are all very mature, and when the time comes, we will sit down.”

To a similar question, Puri said it is the parliamentary board of the BJP which takes the call, saying we are a highly disciplined party. 

“Let us first fight the elections. Then, when the results come, then Captain Sahab, Dhindsa Sahab will speak to the BJP leadership,” he said. 

Earlier, Amarinder Singh said peace, security, and harmony would be the topmost priority of the NDA if it comes to power in Punjab. 

He said Punjab needs investment for progress and development. But, until there is peace and harmony, nobody will come forward to invest here. The BJP manifesto talks about a special task force and fast track courts to be set up for such investigation of incidents if the party comes to power.

He flagged the concern about repeated attempts by Pakistan in sending arms and ammunition and drugs using sophisticated technology. He also gave details of the arms and ammunition recovered during his time as the chief minister of Punjab.