Congress on Tuesday promised to remove different types of taxation and implement only "one tax" from residents, if voted to power in the upcoming municipal elections.
While unveiling party's manifesto on Tuesday evening, state Congress president Arun Yadav said, "In the last 15 years, the BJP had burdened the citizens with as many as 27 different types of taxes. We plan to do away with all of them, and collect only one tax from each household in the name of Indore development tax."
The Congress also promised to make drinking water available to everyone and work on redevelopment of wells, ponds and ground water table. According to political observers, Congress manifesto is one of the major announcements made by the party. If implemented, it will be a big relief for the people, from whom the Indore Municipal Corporation used to extort different kinds of taxes. However, the plan could be difficult to execute, they said.
Congress city president Pramod Tondon criticised the BJP for polluting Khan River and turning it into an open sewer in its 15 years of rule. Tondon said, "If voted to power, we will change the image of Khan River." The Congress also boasted of developing Indore into a "slum-free" city.
The manifesto also promised to construct homes for slum dwellers. It also planned to give a boost to set up micro and small scale enterprises. Congress had also kept in mind about the vast student community in Indore and promised free coaching for weaker section students.
Congress mayoral candidate Archana Jaiswal promised to uplift standards of school infrastructure in the city and build schools; uplift infrastructure of bus stands and transportation. Meanwhile, star campaigners former CM Digvijaya Singh, Nagma and Raj Babbar likely to be in the city for municipal elections from January 23 to 27.