With half of the seats reserved for them in the MCD house, women have taken the centrestage in the Delhi civic polls. The BJP, the ruling party in the MCD, has gone full throttle to woo women voters to its fold by promising a host of poll goodies to them in its election manifesto released on Sunday.
Called the “vision document”, the manifesto promises to construct women toilets in unauthorised colonies and villages and Rs 5,000 to girl students of MCD schools upon completing education till class V.
The manifesto also focuses on the deteriorating safety and security conditions for women in the national Capital. It also underlines the BJP’s desperate bid to woo women, as the issue of law and order is not a civic subject.
For its campaign, the party has formed women only ward committees to interact with the women voters through door to door campaigning.
Apart from the manifesto, the advertisements released by the party touches upon issues that concern women such as increasing prices of LPG and grocery. Political pundits see this move as preparation for the assembly elections, slated to take place in a year-and-a-half from now.
“In our campaign, we are focusing more on issues that concern women be it healthcare, education, sanitation or security. We have promised to make the Capital a better place for women,” said BJP leader Vani Tripathi.
Fifty per cent of the total wards in the Capital are reserved for women. In the budget announced for 2012 as well, the BJP-ruled MCD had allocated more funds for girl students and constructing public amenities for women.