Manifesto in limbo but Bedi tweets her programme

  • Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 01:55 IST

Even though Delhi BJP is still waiting to release the party manifesto for Delhi assembly polls, the chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi is tweeting her own version of the party’s programme on women security.

While Bedi took to the micro-blogging site with her 25-point programme, BJP MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi also mentioned women security on Wednesday.

Party sources confirmed that BJP may skip a manifesto as there is no clarity about the issues to be taken up in the party document, including full statehood for Delhi. A draft manifesto had been prepared but it was put on hold after Bedi’s induction into the party. Sources said union minister Harsh Vardhan, who is in-charge of manifesto committee, has given the draft to Bedi but the state unit is yet to hear from her.

“Party has planned to highlight eight issues in eight days by senior leaders but nothing on manifesto has been decided yet. On Wednesday, Lekhi talked about women security and similarly health, power and water related issues will also be discussed. These are the issues, which are generally there in the manifesto and this time we may just end up highlighting issues rather than publishing a manifesto,” said a senior BJP leader.

Even Lekhi, who promised several things on women safety, did not give a clear answer on manifesto. “Not every point in manifesto gets done and not everything done is there in the manifesto,” she said. State president Satish Upadhyay refused to give a date for the manifesto’s release.

“Manifesto is just two words -- good governance. We want to concentrate on elections and haven’t decided the date when manifesto will be released,” said Upadhyay.

Meanwhile, in what may help Bedi’s prospects in the Krishna Nagar constituency, former party leader VK Monga joined the party back on Wednesday. Breaking away from the party, Monga had contested against Harsh Vardhan on a Congress ticket in 2013.

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