The relevance of manifestos may have diminished over several elections in free India. The major national parties did, however, make an effort to present detailed manifestos this time. While some of the promises made could add up to 10 per cent of GDP if the giveaway schemes are implemented, others have been somewhat more realistic.
Given the fact that the bitterest election is being fought now, there was cynicism or disbelief expressed in mutually degrading fashion. For instance, the Congress advertisement featuring Rahul Gandhi and an elderly Tamil woman was obviously photoshopped and badly too while leaving one extraneous finger on the lady and the bakhts had a whale of a time decrying that. Not to be outdone in the battle of imagery in the high-stakes poll, Congress loyalists picked on typos — a vital one promising violence on women - in the BJP manifesto to gather brownie points in the unprecedented tit for tat battle. It was also pointed out how the BJP manifesto of 2014 had several leaders on the cover while the 2019 one was all about one man — PM Modi.
The common voter knows he will be sought after only for his vote and he can see little light in the manifestos. Only at a subconscious level will they wistfully consider what the winners may provide for them as some have even promised the moon in exchange for the vote. Some things never change.
Chowkidar Narendra Modi @narendramodi #BJPSankalpPatra2019 offers a rich account of the work done by the NDA Government and presents a vision for the coming years. Based on our track record, the NDA stands committed to provide a strong and stable Government yet again.
Rahul Gandhi @RahulGandhi The Congress manifesto was created through discussion. The voice of over a million Indian people it is wise and powerful. The BJP Manifesto was created in a closed room. The voice of an isolated man, it is short sighted and arrogant.
The BJP manifesto is so shoddy! Shiny cover desperately concealing mistakes and freudian slips. Describes the 5 years of Modi very well, lots of talk and publicity but no work done, only Jumlas. Dear BJP, wake up it's 2019 not 2014, people are more aware now #BJPJumlaManifesto
“Congress will investigate the circumstances under which a number of scamsters were allowed to leave the country and will take determined steps to bring them back and face legal proceedings.” #AbHogaNYAY
Chowkidar Dr Nishi Singh @nishi_nsingh
millions also voted u @RahulGandhi out of power & will do so again decisively. So see the writing on the wall, learn some respect for the man @narendramodi who means business to take the nation forward with honesty & respect. Not devious methods of fooling poor with freebies & sops #ModiAgain
Sanjukta Basu @sanjukta
BJP manifesto is also a hurried panicked reaction to Congress manifesto. Poor drafting and typos in women section shows they made it in a hurry, and don't even have an intelligent person to proof read a manifesto forget any real wisdom into preparing for it.
Meant to tweet the BJP Manifesto cover from 2014 and 2019 earlier but forgot. What a difference five years has made to a party which used to boast of having many leaders.
Totlani Krishan @kktotlani
But the fact remains that “The good thing about BJP manifesto has not made any unrealistic promises beyond what may be deliverable”. Unlike yours which are impossible to achieve & will destroy our economy.
V Maruthi Rao@marutirao
We have read your manifesto too but on any day we trust the PM and NDA to deliver most of the promises undoubtedly and certainly not Congress which has fooled the people consistently!
Rajinikanth in Chennai: I have been advocating the project of interlinking of rivers since the time AB Vajpayee was the PM, he had accepted my idea. BJP in their 2019 manifesto has promised to undertake the project. People will be happier if this is done. #TamilNadu
BJP @BJP4India Congress Manifesto clearly writes bail is the rule and jail is the exception. It made terrorists happy. When I saw the Recounting Minister headed their Manifesto Committee, I wasn't surprised. After all, getting bail is important for his own existence and his bosses: PM
Why does #RahulGandhi have photo-shopped pictures even in his Election Ads? Shows how disconnected he is with the party workers. #Congress
I am sure in 2019 BJP manifesto, by Sankalp Bharat they mean Kalpanik Bharat and by Shasakht bharat they mean Ek Shaks ka bharat (imaginary and one man show in Bharat)
Congress manifesto is like the promises made by typical politicians in the movies, let us win and we will give everything free. Be a real Indian lady and work for the betterment of the country. Stop working for Raul Vinci.