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BJP promises the moon

Releasing BJP's election manifesto, the party's chief minister candidate VK Malhotra termed the Congress' manifesto released a day ago as "old wine in new bottle", reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

delhi Updated: Nov 18, 2008 23:33 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

Releasing Bharatiya Janta Party's (BJP) election manifesto on Tuesday, the party's chief minister candidate VK Malhotra termed the Congress' manifesto -- released a day ago -- as "old wine in new bottle."

But the BJP manifesto hardly fares any better. Though it promised to make Delhi one of the best cities of the world, party leaders were fumbling for answers when asked to specify how it planned to keep these promises.

The manifesto has populist promises for all sections - middle class, slum dwellers, women, senior citizens, migrants and the Punjabi population in its 32-page manifesto. Here are some of the highlights

Full statehood: BJP had promised this in 2003 too. At that time, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government was in power at the Centre and it turned a blind eye to the Congress-led Delhi government's proposals to accord full statehood to Delhi.

BRT :It will be reviewed and appropriately modified. Asked it would be done, Malhotra said: "We will appoint consultants to find out the loopholes and rectify it." Rs 120 crore has already been spent on this project.

Housing for poor: One lakh housing units will be constructed every year for low income and middle class people.

Commonwealth Games: Work on all games-related infrastructure projects will be accelerated and completed well on time.

Punjabi voters : With an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the party has promised to punish culprits of 1984 Sikh riots. Also, Punjabi would be made the second language in Delhi.

Migrants : Culture, customs and festivals of people from different linguistic regions would be respected and preserved. Malhotra called Biharis and UP'ites the Capital's "pillar of development."

Coupons for poor : Free ration coupons would be given to the poor to help them purchase ration at lower prices from any grocery shop.

Death sentence for Parliament attack accused :The file on Afzal Guru's death sentence, currently lying with the Delhi government, would be immediately sent to the Centre.

Security for women: Attempts would be made to increase security for women. "We won't let another Soumya Vishwanathan to get murdered," said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi BJP state president.