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India Congress manifesto pledges 'millions' of jobs

Published on Mar 26, 2014 10:52 PM
 
Rahul Gandhi, Congress party vice president and son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, addresses the media during the release of his party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi on March 26, 2014. India's embattled ruling Congress party promised Wednesday, March 26, 2014, to create millions of jobs and revive a sliding economy as it unveiled a populist manifesto aimed at averting electoral defeat. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's embattled ruling Congress party promised Wednesday to create millions of jobs and revive a sliding economy as it unveiled a populist manifesto aimed at averting electoral defeat.

Reaching out to Congress's traditional constituency of poor voters, party leader Rahul Gandhi pledged "growth for all" as he released the manifesto at a rally for the general elections which kick off April 7.

Mr Gandhi declared US$1 trillion (S$ 1.3 trillion) would be spent to improve India's decrepit infrastructure, roads and railways if his party was returned to power for a third term.

"We are going to construct a manufacturing backbone that will give millions of people jobs," and "ensure everybody has access to quality health care," Mr Gandhi, scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty which has given India three prime ministers.

 
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