Price rise, corruption, women’s security and welfare schemes for the minorities are issues that have been prioritised in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto released on Tuesday.
Five days after the ruling Congress and the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made public their manifestos, senior BJP leaders who have been actively campaigning for the Delhi elections, including Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan and state unit president Vijay Goel, came together to release its list of promises.
“Making the transport system safe for people, especially women, is a priority. We will create a special women’s security force which will be under the direct supervision of the chief minister,” said Vardhan.
Senior party leaders said that if the BJP was voted to power, its government would work towards full statehood for Delhi and an integrated transport system for the benefit of commuters in NCR areas of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Rohtak, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad and Noida.
“A number of development projects remain in limbo because Delhi does not have a right over the use of land,” said Vardhan, who is also the chairman of the manifesto committee.
Reaching out to Muslims, the party promised to set up a madrasa board to impart modern education and establish centres of learning in minority-dominated areas.
The BJP has also focused on the 1984 riot victims. “It will be our priority to ensure speedy trials and convictions of persons guilty of being involved in the 1984 riots,” reads the manifesto.
Keeping in mind the demand for domestic workers, the party has proposed short-term free courses.
The party had invited suggestions from people across the city and claimed to have incorporated them in the manifesto. “We received valuable suggestions by emails and letters, and we have tried to incorporate them in the manifesto,” said Goel.
“Corruption is an important issue for us and if voted to power, the BJP will introduce an e-government model with complete transparency,” said Vardhan.