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Cong releases 'Ram-Narmada-gaumutra' manifesto for MP polls

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Attempting to portray a "soft Hindutva" face with references to Lord Ram, and cow urine, the released its manifesto on Saturday for the upcoming assembly election on November 28.

Titled "Vachan Patra", it was released at a press meet in the presence of state Kamal Nath, state campaign committee chief and former

The 112-page manifesto promises an "adhyatmik vibhag" (spiritual department) in the state, as well as plans to promote the Sanskrit language.

It speaks of developing the "Ram path" -- a mythical route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile -- and the commercial production of 'gaumutra' (cow urine) and 'kanda' (cowdung cakes).

It talks of setting up 'gaushalas' (cowshed) in every village panchayat and making arrangements for the upkeep of injured cows.

It states a host of measures for the conservation of the Narmada that is considered holy by the Hindus. The party said it would develop religious places along the river at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore, besides enacting the "Maa Narmada Nyas Adhiniyam" for its conservation.

The river has been at the centre of the state for a long time now, with the ruling organising a "Narmada Sewa Yatra" earlier and senior carrying out a 3,500-kilometre 'parikrama' (circumambulation) of the river by foot.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:45 IST