NEW DELHI: The BJP, which has launched a concerted bid to oust Congress in Delhi, on Tuesday promised full statehood to the Capital, a review of the BJP, came out with its blueprint for city’s development in next five years.
2021 Master Plan and controversial BRT corridor, early implementation of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the execution of Mohammed Afzal and ownership rights to residents of all resettlement colonies within a time-frame.
A day after the Congress released its manifesto for Delhi, its principal political adversary, the BJP, came out with its own blueprint for the city’s development in the next five years. “The BJP is committed to a multi-dimensional, all-inclusive development so that it can successfully compete with any world-class metropolis. Its glorious historical heritage would, at the same time, be preserved,’’ the document said.
With the city’s voter-profile undergoing a dramatic change in the last few decades, the party sought to reach out to all sections, including the Poorvaiyas and Uttarakhandis. “Delhi is mini India. People from different states, speaking diverse languages and dialects protect their regional cultures in Delhi. Their languages, culture and regional characteristics would be preserved and respected,’’ the manifesto said.
With the high electricity bills agitating the people’s minds, the BJP sough to encash on the issue by promising to order an inquiry into the massive loss to the state exchequer because of irregularities in the privatisation of Delhi Vidyut Board. It also vowed to replace all fast-running meters. “The money lost by consumers due to these fast-running meters would be returned and a mechanism for quick decisions on consumers’ complaints and grievances would be put in place. For this, Fast Track Consumers’ Grievances Removal Agency would be set up in every district,’’ it claimed.
With the Congress not raking up the full statehood demand, the BJP pounced on the opportunity by putting it high on its priority-list. “Owing to multi-layered and multi-authority process of decision-making in Delhi, its elected government and people face numerous problems,’’ the party said. “The Congress has completely ignored the demand. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit is evasive on this issue.’’
The party also promised to identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants staying in the city and make arrangements for their deportation. It also favoured building a national register for citizens and distributing multi-purpose photo I-cards among them. Hoping to woo the Sikh community, the manifesto also assured that all those guilty in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots will be brought to book, besides promising steps to provide relief to Afghan Sikh migrants.
On the controversial BRT corridor, it said: “It has become a corridor of death. It is a project of foolish thought. Such a system is not there in cities such as London, Paris, New York, Washington, Manchester or Sydney, and we will conduct an objective review of the project,’’ the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate V K Malhotra said.