After releasing its national and state-specific manifestos, the BJP on Sunday came out with another set of promises, focusing on Delhi-specific issues, ahead of the May 7 Lok Sabha polls in New Delhi.
The compilation of the promises, released by the party’s Election Campaign Committee chairman Vijay Kumar Malhotra, vows to take steps for multi-purpose identity cards for citizens, reconstitution of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), measures to improve the law and order situation and cleaning the Yamuna, among others.
“The multi-purpose identity cards are vital in the current security scenario. Through the scheme, illegal Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants can be detected,” Malhotra, Opposition leader in the state assembly, said.
The cards will double up as a document enabling citizens avail government services and facilities, he said.
Accusing the ruling Congress of not approving MCD projects, controlled by the BJP, Malhotra said the municipal body needs to be reconstituted, particularly for grant of a separate corporation for the trans-Yamuna area.
“It is also important to have people’s participation in civic administration and management at the ward level. If voted to power, the party will see the necessary provision are brought about,” he said.
Terming the Yamuna as the “lifeline of this ancient city”, former Delhi Lt-Governor Vijay Kapoor, also present on the occasion, charged the Congress government with failing to restore the river, “which is now no better than a drain”.
“The BJP government will give the Clean Yamuna Project a completely new orientation and achieve the results in a time-bound manner,” he said.
The party also attacked the Shiela Dixit-led government for “unsatisfactory” progress of projects ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
On the fee hike issue, Malhotra said the “middle-class cannot afford the high fees... and parents (will) have no alternative but to discontinue” sending their children to schools.