Hyderabad: The BJP, in its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana, has proposed to distribute 1,00,000 cows free of cost every year to people who need them. The party's manifesto committee chairman NVSS Prabhakar announced that the party has pledged to distribute the cows in villages at the time of festivals.

Prabhakar, an MLA in the recently-diluted legislative Assembly, said cows are useful in many sectors of the rural economy, for instance, in agriculture. 

Prabhakar added that there is also a proposal to set up a mini-India linguistic welfare board. This board will work for the welfare of linguistic minorities coming to Hyderabad in search of livelihood.

The BJP's manifesto committee had earlier proposed regulating the sale of liquor in Telangana, claiming that the unrestricted sale has caused social and law and order problems. Prabhakar claimed the sale of liquor has been a huge source of income for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government and also the earlier governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh.   

Among other poll promises by the BJP is cancellation of surcharge fares by the state-run Road Transport Corporation (RTC) on buses during festivals such as Diwali. The party has also promised free transport to those performing deeksha — a religious code of behaviour — and to those visiting temples such as Sabarimala.

The manifesto will be released next week for the Assembly elections scheduled on December 7.

                                 With PTI inputs