BJP Stamps its Manifesto with Accountability
Our Political Bureau
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.