State minister in-charge of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections Uma Shankar Gupta, minister in-charge of Bhopal, Gopal Bhargava and various party MLAs released the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the upcoming BMC elections on Tuesday.
The manifesto has been divided into 23 subheads and 6 areas based on Vidhan Sabha constituencies. Earlier in November 2014, the BJP had released a state-level manifesto for urban bodies that went to polls in November and December last year.
The manifesto lists the party's initiatives to make Bhopal a clean, green, heritage, lake, smart and digital metro city besides having sector specific plans to develop civic amenities such as public transport, flyovers, street lighting, infrastructure, student services and implementation of new lease policy among others.
When asked about the reasons behind BJP's star-studded campaign in shore up votes for party's mayoral candidate Alok Sharma, Uma Shankar Gupta denied that the BJP candidate was on a weak wicket. He said that the chief minister is also a worker of the BJP and hence campaigned for the BJP candidate.
He added that the ministers were roped in to campaign only for the BJP mayoral candidate in Bhopal because the cabinet meeting is held in Bhopal and all ministers were present in Bhopal on that day.
Home minister Babulal Gaur and his daughter-in-law, outgoing mayor Krishna Gaur were conspicuous by their absence. Uma Shankar Gupta said that they had been invited for the manifesto release.