MAN­I­FESTO MAKEOVER

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This is with ref­er­ence to “People’s man­i­festo” ( April 1- 15, 2014). The elec­tion man­i­festos of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, largely pre­pared by party lead­ers, prom­ise the moon to the elec­torate. But once voted to power, most of the lead­ers ei­ther for­get their prom­ises or ig­nore them. In this con­text, the Aam Aadmi Party’s model of draft­ing a sep­a­rate man­i­festo for each con­stituency, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the opin­ion of a cross-sec­tion of people, for the Delhi As­sem­bly elec­tions held in 2013, was a re­fresh­ing change. This model was adopted by the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. This is a step in the right di­rec­tion. Since the man­i­festo is pre­pared keep­ing the pub­lic in mind, they should be in­volved right from the start. Once a po­lit­i­cal party pre­pares a man­i­festo, it should throw it open to the pub­lic for dis­cus­sion and de­bate. Tak­ing into ac­count the grievances of the people will help the par­ties pre­pare a real­is­tic man­i­festo. K R SRINIVASAN Se­cun­der­abad

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