Congress Friday released a please-all manifesto promising cheaper electricity, regularization of class 3 and 4 employees and DTC drivers, CCTV cameras in public places, waiver on pending water bills, concessional tickets for students and senior citizens in Delhi Metro and a corruption free government.
The party promised to provide electricity to domestic consumers at Rs. 1.50 per unit for consumption up to 200 units per month against the current rate of Rs. 2.80 per unit which includes a subsidy of Rs. 1.20, and a straight 50% discount on bills for users who consume more than 200 units.
Interestingly, the two other major political parties — the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — too have made similar promises this time. While the AAP has promised to slash electricity bills by procuring power at affordable prices, the BJP is looking at reducing the power bill by 50% through the use of LED bulbs and solar power.
Senior Congress leaders said one of the biggest reasons why AAP got 28 seats in the 2013 election was its promise to cut the electricity rates by 50%.
The 16-page Congress manifesto also included promises such as regularization of remaining unauthorised colonies, ownership rights to people living in JJ clusters of resettlement colonies, increase in pension for widows and senior citizens to Rs. 2,000 per month, 50% hike in salary of Aanganwadi workers, round-the-clock diagnostic centres in all state-run hospitals and wi-fi facilities in public transport.
“There are several other promises especially on infrastructure which we could not cover in this manifesto. We will come out with another part of our manifesto in a couple of days,” Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh said.
The party faced a humiliating defeat in the 2013 election with its seat tally dropping to just eight from 43 in 2008. A large number of youth, women and poor voted against the Congress in the last election.
Senior party leaders said the manifesto has several promises for these three sections.