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BJP releases 44-point election manifesto for Delhi

The promises include statehood to Delhi, anti-conversion law and multi-purpose I-cards for city's residents.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2003 18:17 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

BJP on Saturday promised statehood to Delhi, anti-conversion law, issuing of multi-purpose I-cards and "all-round development" to the capital's residents as it released its manifesto seeking to appease all sections of the "cosmopolitan" city.

In the 44-point manifesto, the party promised "efficient, transparent and corruption-free administration, provision of housing, cleanliness, water, power, education, health and sports covering all sections, including women and senior citizens, if voted to power".

The party promised to provide wheat at Rs 2 per kg and rice at Rs 3 per kg to the poor.

Alleging "inefficiency" and "corruption" during the tenure of Sheila Dikshit government, BJP promised an inquiry into "cases of scams during the Congress rule."

The party emphasised that it would throw out illegal Bangladeshis from Delhi and maintain a 'Citizen's Register' to prevent anti-national people from staying in capital.

"Each resident would be issued a multi-purpose identity card. New entrants to the city from other parts of the country would be provided these cards after they submit their previous addresses," BJP general secretary VK Malhotra said while releasing the manifesto.

"The measure is not to prevent people from other parts of the country from settling in Delhi but to stop illegal Pakistanis and Bangladeshis from staying here to carry out anti-national activities and burden the resources," he said.

The manifesto was released in presence of Delhi BJP President Madan Lal Khurana, senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and BJP MP Sahib Singh Verma among others.

Malhotra said steps would be taken for education and economic development of minorities and preservation of cultures of various communities residing in the capital to maintain the "cosmopolitan nature" of Delhi.

"The BJP has taken a pledge to make Delhi an ultra-modern city of international standards," the manifesto said, underlining that the party's top priority would be to restore Delhi's "lost glory and set the city back on the track".

On the statehood issue, it said the BJP would make "all out efforts" to ensure passage of Statehood Bill in Parliament in the next session so that "people of Delhi can be freed from the clutches of multi-authority system of governance."

BJP also promised an integrated transport system interlinking Metro Rail, ring railway, high-speed electric buses and sky metro buses.

Metro Rail would be extended from the airport in south-west to Noida in the east through Mehrauli in south, it said, adding two express highways would be built so that vehicles from outside Delhi by-pass the capital.

The National Capital Territory (NCR) region would be made more attractive to decongest Delhi and link it with Metro rail and fast-moving transport system.

It said the Delhi Master Plan would be amended to regularise all unauthorised colonies and constructions and the "faulty categorisation" of Unit Area System of house tax would be "corrected" to reduce tax burden on people.

The party promised provision of round-the-clock clean drinking water and increasing its quantity, bring about total literacy in Delhi, construction of more hospitals and working women hostels and doubling of pension to senior citizens and widows.

Efforts will be made for constitution of the sixth Pay Commission for government employees, it said.

First Published: Nov 22, 2003 16:41 IST