BJP Stamps its Man­i­festo with Ac­count­abil­ity

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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Mum­bai: Faced with a tough bat­tle with the Shiv Sena to con­trol the BMC, the BJP on Tues­day pulled out all stops while re­leas­ing its elec­tion man­i­festo. The BJP on Tues­day re­leased its man­i­festo on a stamp paper show­ing that it can be held ac­count­able by the peo­ple of Mum­bai. The man­i­festo prom­ises that it will make Mum­bai free of pot­holes in the next five years if it is voted to power in the BMC. Till it does, Mum­bai does not have to pay for street tax. The BJP has promised that it would de­posit .₹ 5,000 for ev­ery girl child born to a fam­ily and the girl would be able to claim it af­ter she turns 18.

Mum­baikars will get an in­sur­ance of .₹ 5 lakh and five new med­i­cal col­leges would be opened in the city. The man­i­festo talks of us­ing 30% of the city’s open spa­ces to build theme parks. It prom­ises 24hour wa­ter sup­ply and no in­crease in wa­ter taxes for the next five years. Since the BJP has made cor­rup­tion a big is­sue, it was nat­u­ral that it would fo­cus on that too. The party has promised that civic of­fi­cials in­volved in cor­rup­tion would face the dreaded Maharashtra Con­trol of Or­gan­ised Crime and Con­trol Act (MCOCA). A re­tired High Court judge would be prob­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties of PPP con­tracts and con­trac­tors, cor­po­ra­tors and civic of­fi­cials will have to de­clare their as­sets each year.

There are sops for those liv­ing in il­le­gal build­ings too. The party has promised that within one year of be­ing voted to power, it would bring in a scheme that would reg­u­lari-

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se build­ings with­out an oc­cu­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate.

Civic schools would be taught lessons on Samyukta Maharashtra.

The BJP man­i­festo also prom­ises to build a grand me­mo­rial for Bal Thack­eray, the late Sena chief, and one for Shivaji and Babasa­heb Ambed­kar. It also prom­ises to de­velop the city’s east coast for wa­ter trans­port and pro­vide In­te­grated Ticket ser­vices. Whislte blow­ers who give in­for­ma­tion about tax thefts would be given10% of the to­tal amount.

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