BJP Releases Delhi 'Vision Document' Four Days Ahead Of Polls

03/02/2015 1:58 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Delhi chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi during an election rally at Karkardooma on January 31, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Modi accused the Aam Aadmi Party of back stabbing the residents of the national capital. He said, 'People can make a mistake once, but not again and again. One year back, Delhi people had voted with dreams. Last year, those whom you people voted fir, back stabbed you and shattered your dreams.' (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: Four days ahead of the Delhi assembly polls, BJP today released a "Vision Document" laying down a road-map to make the national capital a world class city with major focus on development and women security besides promising transparency in governance.

However, the document did not spell out BJP's position on full statehood to the national capital which it had promised in its manifestos for the 2013 assembly polls and past elections.

The Vision Document, which came in place of the manifesto, promises to address shortage of water, ensure round-the-clock power supply, providing houses to slum dwellers and making the administration responsive and people-friendly.

"We will make Delhi a world-class city. We will ensure development of all sections. Women security will be a priority area for us," BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi said releasing the document along with host of senior leaders.

Senior leaders Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Harsh Vardhan, party's Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay were present on the occasion.

On the statehood issue, Sitharaman said it is an important matter for the party and they will discuss it with the stakeholders before taking a final decision.

The party also did not make any specific mention about cutting power tariff which was a major promise by it ahead of assembly polls in 2013. However, the document said BPL and poor families will be provided power at subsidised rate.

In 2013 manifesto, BJP had promised to cut tariff by 30 per cent if it comes to power.

In the vision document, the party promised to scrap the controversial Bus Rapid Corridor in South Delhi.

Bedi said ensuring "utmost transparency" and making police accountable will be BJP's focus area.

"An Expert Advisory Committee on matters of strategic importance will be set up which means the party will not only follow the vision of its leaders but will also rope in experts," she said.

The vision document said BJP government will make compulsory health insurance for all citizens of Delhi.

BJP also said that 15-bed hospitals and ambulances with paramedical staff will be made available at every 5-km in the national capital if it comes to power.

In the Vision Document, BJP also promised to introduce private OPD facilities by government specialists in all government hospitals from 5 PM to 7 PM in the evenings.

The party has also focused on the protection of people belonging to Northeastern states in its Vision Document with a Special Cell to be set up in all police stations along with a special 24-hour helpline.

Besides, to safeguard the students from the Northeast, special guardianships will be arranged with local families for them, the saffron party also promised.

In its Vision Document, BJP also said that if it comes to power, regularisation and development of unauthorised colonies will be done and all facilities, similar to those provided by DDA colonies, will be provided.

"The funds for the lay-out of these colonies will be granted by Delhi government and the flats can be registered with the appropriate authorities," the party promised.

On the water issue, BJP said that water rates will be rationalised and water bills will also be reviewed. Besides, water will be brought from Munak Canal in cooperation with Haryana government.

"Clean, potable water will be made available to every home in the national capital. Rainwater harvesting will be encouraged and government will provide aid for the same.

"To cap wastage of water, the basic structure of the water supply chain will be modernised and check dams will be built on Yamuna River," the party said in the Vision Document.

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