AAP manifesto focus on local issues

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2014 23:24 IST

In an attempt to strike a personal chord with electorates, Aam Aadmi party local unit on Monday released its manifesto categorically focussing on the problems of this parliamentary constituency for the upcoming elections.

In their specific agenda, AAP has touched around 50 issues which are not dealt by different leaders from time to time by ruling parties.

The timing at which the agenda has been released may give AAP candidate Dr Dharamvir Gandhi an edge over his counterparts, including Congress candidate Preneet Kaur and SAD-BJP candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon, who have been banking on their past performances.

The AAP manifesto included various issues related to education, health, tourism, sports, culture and media.

A special focus has been on Ghaggar river issue which has been ignored by political leaders. The river poses threat to loss of life and property every year due to fear of floods every monsoon.

The ill-equipped government Rajindra Hospital, which was once considered the lifeline of the northern India, ambiguity in various central government schemes, inadequate price for farmers' produce and improper supply of potable water and poor sanitation facilities to about 40 per cent people living in Patiala are some of the other issues included in the manifesto.

The issues related to the pollution caused by different factories in Rajpura, Zirakpur, are on the priority list.

Gandhi said the local leaders had been ignoring the issues pertaining to the region for past several decades.

"I don't want to promise big things like other politicians but would rather focus on solving issues related to the people of this constituency," Dr Gandhi said.

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