Karnataka Assembly elections 2018

Janata Dal supremo Deve Gowda

Janata Dal supremo Deve Gowda

Waiver of all kinds of farmer loans running up to Rs 52,000 crore, reviving the Lokayukta, winding up of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and a comprehensive plan for Bengaluru are some of the promises made by the Janata Dal (Secular) in its manifesto released here on Monday by its state unit president H.D. Kumaraswamy.

The loan waiver will include all agricultural loans including crop loans, horticulture loans, and medium-term loans availed by the farmers of Karnataka, the party promised. It also promises free treatment to all dengue patients.

The party aims to provide pregnant women an assistance of Rs 6,000 per month for three months prior to delivery and after.

Furthering the cause of women empowerment, the JD (S) manifesto mentioned providing "a one-time award of "Democracy Support Incentive" of Rs 2,000" for every who votes in these elections.

"JD (S) will stop the present practice of appointing retired officers to various positions in the state".

All I'm saying is that based on the survey report, government can not be formed without the JD (S). Skills, hobbies, talent identification from middle-schools will continue until graduation and will be part of a "revised" education system, the manifesto said.

Unlike the two major national parties - the Congress and the BJP - the regional Janata Dal (Secular) has not resorted to freebies like smartphones for youths and women to attract voters in the 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka. All children study the same syllabus up to 7th grade.

NDTV joined HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) on the campaign trail in Kolar district in southern Karnataka, where he was surrounded by screaming supporters.

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