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Promising smart city, women's security, BJP sells itself to Delhi

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February 03, 2015 14:06 IST
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BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi interacts with a child during a function at BJP Delhi Pradesh office in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI

Four days ahead of the Delhi assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday released a ‘Vision Document’ laying down a road map to make the national capital a world class city with major focus on development and women security besides promising transparency in governance. However, the document did not spell out BJP's position on full statehood to the national capital which it had promised in its manifestos for the 2013 assembly polls and past elections.         

The Vision Document, which came in place of the manifesto, promises to address shortage of water, ensure round-the-clock power supply, proving houses to slum dwellers and making the administration responsive and people-friendly. "We will make Delhi a world-class city. We will ensure development of all sections. Women security will be a priority area for us," BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi said releasing the document along with host of senior leaders.

Senior leaders Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Harsh Vardhan, party's Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay were present on the occasion. However, BJP chief Amit Shah was conspicuous by his absence. 

On the statehood issue, Sitharaman said it is an important matter for the party and we will discuss it with the stakeholders before taking a final decision. The party also did not make any specific mention about cutting power tariff which was a major promise by it ahead of assembly polls in 2013. However, the document said BPL and poor families will be provided power at subsidised rate.

In 2013 manifesto, the BJP had promised to cut tariff by 30 per cent if it comes to power. In the vision document, the party promised to scrap the controversial Bus Rapid Corridor in South Delhi.

Bedi said ensuring "utmost transparency" and making the police accountable will be BJP's focus area. "An expert advisory committee on matters of strategic importance will be set up which means the party will not only follow the vision of its leaders but will also rope in experts," she said.

The vision document said the BJP government will make compulsory health insurance for all citizens of Delhi.

The BJP also said that 15-bed hospitals and ambulances with paramedical staff will be made available at every 5-km in the national capital if it comes to power.

In the Vision Document, the BJP also promised to introduce private OPD facilities by government specialists in all government hospitals from 5 pm to 7 pm. The party has also focused on the protection of people belonging to northeastern states with a special cell to be set up in all police stations along with a special 24-hour helpline.

Besides, to safeguard the students from the northeast, special guardianships will be arranged with local families for them, the saffron party also promised.

The BJP also said that if it comes to power, regularisation and development of unauthorised colonies will be done and all facilities, similar to those provided by Delhi Developmeny Authority colonies, will be provided. "The funds for the lay-out of these colonies will be granted by Delhi government and the flats can be registered with the appropriate authorities," the party promised.

On the water issue, the BJP said that water rates will be rationalised and water bills will also be reviewed. Besides, water will be brought from Munak Canal in cooperation with the Haryana government. "Clean, potable water will be made available to every home in the national capital. Rainwater harvesting will be encouraged and government will provide aid for the same.”

"To cap wastage of water, the basic structure of the water supply chain will be modernised and check dams will be built on Yamuna River," the party said in the Vision Document.

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