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Not AAP way: BJP promises to slash power rates by 30%

HT Correspondent  New Delhi, April 02, 2014
First Published: 19:00 IST(2/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:20 IST(3/4/2014)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised to reduce power tariff in the city by 30 per cent by introducing more competition among the distribution companies, bringing them under the ambit of CAG and the RTI Act and also by focusing on solar energy.

On Wednesday, the state unit of the party came out with a Delhi-specific manifesto ahead of the Lok Sabha elections on April 10.

Criticising the AAP, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan said unlike Arvind Kejriwal who had fooled Delhiites in the name of reducing power bills and ended up achieving it only by way of subsidy, “we will reduce power tariff by 30 per cent not by subsidy but by increase in competition, by encouraging use of solar energy and taking up the matter with the power regulator. We want to ensure people start producing solar energy through their rooftops and the power can be fed into the grid.”

The party, which had lost all the parliamentary seats to Congress in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, said it would work towards ensuring Delhi is granted full statehood. “We have been demanding full statehood for five decades. A bill in this regard was introduced in Parliament when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister, but it could not be made into a law after a report was not filed on time by the select committee. But we will take up this matter on a priority basis,” said Vardhan.

A number of promises that had been made in the manifesto are quite similar to the issues which the party had raised ahead of the assembly elections.

The launch of Delhi manifesto was attended by all the seven candidates. To woo voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has promised to increase the pension of senior citizens, physically challenged, widows and destitute women.

AAP’s Khetan releases his manifesto

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Ashish Khetan on Wednesday released the manifesto for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency with its focus on public participation in projects and security of women.

 

Cong slams BJP’s manifesto, calls it full of lies

HT Correspondent
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) termed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto as a document of betrayal and full of lies.

DPCC president Arvinder Singh said that BJP was misleading Delhiites by promising full statehood for Delhi. Senior leader Mukesh Sharma attacked the BJP on its promises on power and water, saying how it would provide 30 per cent rebate on power and make water cheaper.

They alleged that while BJP is talking about development of unauthorized colonies, it had created roadblocks in the regularization of these colonies. Singh said that BJP’s promise of giving ownership to the landless under the 20-point programme had already been accomplished by the Congress government.


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