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Parties mull 3 different manifestoes

While the bureaucracy is toiling to work out the modalities of three different municipal bodies in Delhi, political parties, too, are having an equally tough time. Atul Mathur reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2012 01:15 IST
Atul Mathur

While the bureaucracy is toiling to work out the modalities of three different municipal bodies in Delhi, political parties, too, are having an equally tough time.

With municipal elections just around the corner, first time for three different Corporations — east, north and south — political parties are busy working out three different manifestoes with plans and promises for individual corporations.

Senior Congress leaders said they are yet to take a final call whether there will be three different manifestoes, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders said the three municipal areas have different demographic and socio economic structure and aspirations and have to be dealt differently.

"Trans Yamuna has different issues; there are a number of unauthorised colonies but very few villages. The condition of roads is bad. Yamuna in itself is an issue.

North Delhi, on the other hand, has a large number of villages and Scheduled Caste population. South Delhi is more posh. It has a different standard of living and different expectations. All these things are being looked at while preparing our election manifesto," Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said.

"However, we also have to present our vision for Delhi; our overall agenda and programme has to reflect in our manifesto. So there will certainly be a unified plan for the entire city too," Gupta added.

The Congress, despite different opinions from different quarters, is still treading cautiously. Though sources confirmed that there will be separate manifestoes for separate corporations, senior party leaders are keeping their cards close.

While the chief minister and her cabinet seem to be in favour of three manifestoes, senior leaders said they were still exploring the possibilities. "We are taking views of senior leaders. A meeting is scheduled on Saturday. We will soon take a final decision," chairman of Congress party's manifesto committee Mahabal Mishra said.