BJP vision document promises world class Delhi, silent on statehood

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 13:03 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday released its 'vision document' just days before Delhi assembly polls laying down road-map to address various challenges facing the city and promised to turn the Capital into a "world class city" but was silent on the statehood issue.

"Our government in Delhi will be transparent and completely corruption free," said Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay as he released the document in the presence of chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has in its 70-point manifesto promised to put pressure on the Centre to grant statehood to Delhi while the Congress has kept silent on the issue.

"The February 7 polls are extremely important and will decide the direction Delhi takes," he added.

"This vision document is important for the future of Delhi. We have to make Delhi a world class city and our concern is to provide cheap electricity, resolve water issues, solve traffic problems and provide1 lakh homes to the middle-class," said Upadhyay.

"Delhi's hospitals are diseased and the BJP has talked about improving their condition in the vision document."

Union minister Harsh Vardhan, who headed the committee which worked on the vision document, and several other leaders were also present during the release.

The party's promises come when the latest Hindustan Times-C fore survey predicts that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a decisive lead of nine seats over the BJP. Bedi's induction seems to have caused only a minor spike in the BJP's chances in the election.

The survey, conducted between January 27 and February 1, projects 36-41 seats for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, and 27-32 seats for the BJP, with the Congress seen sliding to between 2 and 7 seats. The AAP is also ahead of the BJP by three percentage points in terms of vote share.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is the preferred choice for the post of chief minister with 46% people backing him, followed by Bedi (37%) and Congress leader Ajay Maken (9%).

BJP's Bedi, her associate-turned rival Kejriwal of the AAP and Congress's Ajay Maken have been chosen by their parties to lead them in the prestigious battle for the capital.

In the last leg of the campaign, the BJP has decided to get aggressive with rallies by PM Narendra Modi. Having released their manifesto, AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, are also holding back-to-back public meetings.

Delhi votes on February 7, but the results will only be known three days later.

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