The BJP’s manifesto, released on Friday by a galaxy of senior leaders, included 20 promises that the party had made in the 2009 civic body elections but remain unfulfilled.
Titled ‘Nagar Sankalp Patra’, the document is divided into sector wise promises on what the BJP plans to do in towns and cities in the state if voted to power in the municipal bodies.
Personalities replace processes as the 2014 manifesto has on the cover CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2009 document had a photograph conveying development works undertaken by the state BJP government. BJP stalwarts Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani continue to have their presence on the back page of both documents.
The PM’s emphasis on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seem to have inspired the state BJP unit to accord primacy of place to cleanliness in the 2014 manifesto. Construction of toilets and solid waste management — both linked to the cleanliness drive — find mention at the top in the 2014 manifesto. The issue of urban public toilets was much lower down in the 2009 manifesto.
The 2014 document is divided into focus areas such as cleanliness, drinking water, infrastructure, housing for urban poor, ren baseras for poor, public transport, financial initiatives for municipal bodies, environment, and reforms in urban administration department.
The issues of the last manifesto that continue in the 2014 document are housing for urban poor, rebate in property tax for those who develop plantations and rain water harvesting and solid waste disposal — all of which remain unfulfilled.
The 2009 manifesto also talked of parks, playgrounds and area for morning walks as does the 2014 document.