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BJP’s Assembly manifesto dissected

Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Prashant Hamine

Blames Congress for trying to make Mumbai a Union Territory

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Madhav Bhandari yesterday claimed that it was the Congress which had moved a resolution to grant Union Territory status to Mumbai during the reign of then Congress minister Y B Chavan. Refuting the opposition’s charge that the BJP was trying to carve a separate state of Mumbai, he added that even after the 105 martyrs laid down their lives at Hutatma Chowk no one from the then Congress government resigned. He added that rather than the BJP, the Congress should reply. Bhandari said this while releasing the party’s ‘vision’ document for the ensuing assembly elections.

He also refuted the charge that BJP governments from other states were poaching on industries in Maharashatra. When asked to clarify why separate statehood for Vidarbha was not included in the party manifesto, Bhandari stated that the issue was not on the partys poll agenda. Giving details of the party’s election manifesto, party vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe said that hubs for economic and commercial activities similar to the Bandra-Kurla Complex will be developed in every municipal corporation in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), monsoon shelters would be built for homeless and integrated transport system to be developed in MMR.

Mumbai will be linked through a network of expressways to cities like Jalgaon, Nagpur, Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri. Mumbai will be linked to Goa by a four-lane National Highway and rapid water and sea transport along Mumbai and Konkan coast will be developed. Other features of the manifesto include: Hutatma Tukaram Ombale Balveer Award (bravery award) for children. The Investment Destination Maharashtra will be launched to promote investment in infrastructure, and make state load-shedding free in one year.

The manifesto promises to set up an Information Technology Industrial Area Development Authority in Pune. A pension scheme for housewives and farmers will be introduced. Providing Wi-Fi internet access in every village, providing clean drinking water to every household, launching Apale Sarkar, an e-portal for citizens and enacting law to ensure completion of government work in stipulated time.

Starting evening courts in every district, giving bail to women and juvenile undertrails who are lodged in jail for more than one year without trial and setting up multi-speciality diagnostic centres and medical colleges in each district, were also part of the manifesto.

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