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AAP releases manifesto, promises to end corruption in Delhi

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 20, 2013
First Published: 13:08 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(21/11/2013)

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday released its election manifesto ahead of the December 1 assembly polls in Delhi saying that it wants to give power back to the people, put an end to corruption and protect the comman man from rising prices.

"The Aam Aadmi Party is committed to the passing the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days of coming to power. This would model the Lokayukta along the lines of the Jan Lokpal Bill," the party said in the manifesto.

Among other things, the party promised that all public officials including the chief minister, ministers and MLAs shall fall within the purview of the investigation of the lokayukta and if found guilty of corruption would be removed from their jobs, sent to prison and their property confiscated after a time bound investigation.

Addressing the media, party member Yogendra Yadav said that the manifesto was drafted only after seeking opinion and feedback of the city's people and has looked at all statistics of the Delhi government.

Kejriwal's party - which has been taking on the Sheila Dikshit government through "civil disobedience of non-payment of electricity bills" over alleged inflated numbers and malpractices by discoms - said it will end their "raid raj", if they are elected by the people.
 
"Delhi's consumers have been getting inflated bills due to malpractices by Discoms. AAP promises a reduction of consumers' electricity expenditure by 50%," the party promised.

"Incentives and subsidies to promote solar energy; target of meeting 20% of Delhi's electricity needs via solar energy in the next ten years. Individuals installing solar panels in their houses would be allowed to sell extra electricity to the grid."

He also said that they will also address Delhi's water problems and tackle the water mafia.

"AAP's first priority would be to ensure that every house in Delhi gets clean water," as per the manifesto.

According to the party's manifesto, power will be "devolved" directly to the people through "mohalla sabhas" which "would be given untied funds for developmental activities in their area" and "would decide where this money would be spent".

These "mohalla sabhas", the party said, would also monitor the 2,00,000 public/community toilets that it is committed to building in Delhi. These sabhas would also be given complete authority and funds for waste management and cleaning of their localities, it said.

The party also said that it will work towards evolving both "long-term and short-term solutions for providing security for women, children and senior citizens".

Kejiwal, who was supposed to release the manifesto on a previous date, had to reschedule it after social acitivist Anna Hazare expressed his displeasure about his name being used by the former to campaign for Delhi assembly elections.

(With inputs from agencies)

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