After going through the concerns and expectations that Delhi residents have, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to give priority to good governance, power, water tariff and congestion-free traffic in the city in its manifesto for the December 4, Delhi Assembly Polls.
Priority for the manifesto was decided after receiving suggestions from over 20,000 people. The Party asked citizens to give their opinion on issues like corruption, education, health care, power, transport, women safety, Yamuna, water, unauthorised colonies, youth development, senior citizens and others. A majority of suggestions that came in were related to corruption-free government, reducing power tariff, equitable distribution of potable water and betterment of traffic infrastructure.
"Over 20,000 people logged onto our dedicated website to read the election manifesto. The majority of people talked about law and order, water, power, pollution and Yamuna. Many talked about education and health infrastructure, and a large number of people even submitted several suggestions to improve the existing infrastructure and system. Their suggestion would be incorporated in the manifesto," said Delhi BJP President, Vijay Goel.
Suggestions were received after Delhi BJP invited people to help build the party election manifesto for Delhi Assembly Elections 2013.
"To help come up with suggestions more effectively, we have also introduced issue-specific reports where each issue has been dealt with in great detail, along with its causes and proposed solutions," said Goel.
The Party said that people could come up with their own suggestions or agree/ disagree with the solutions proposed by the BJP.
"The manifesto campaign is a reflection of BJP's strong beliefs in participatory democracy. We asked all responsible citizens to come forward and share their vision for Delhi 2013 and beyond," Goel added.
To return to power in the national capital, the Delhi BJP has already promised 30% reduction in power tariff, autonomy for Lokayukta, the creation of an accountability commission, new colleges to boost higher education, flats for slum dwellers and full statehood for city.
"We have already made clear our government's vision for the city in several sectors. More things will be announced in the manifesto, which will be ready by the end of October," he added.
Earlier, Dr Harsh Vardhan, head of party manifesto committee had sent letters to voters asking for suggestion. The manifesto committee has also decided to meet representatives of different sections of society to understand their demand and suggestions to make the city a better place to live. "Productive suggestion of these groups would be incorporated in our (BJP) manifesto for upcoming assembly polls," he added.
As per the plan, each member of manifesto committee would meet a separate group and note down their suggestions and demands. The groups which BJP leaders plan to meet include RWAs, NGOs, market association, academician from Delhi University, JNU and Jamia Milia Islamia, security experts and others.
The idea to reach out different groups to involve them in the process is the brainchild of former president of BJP state unit, Vijender Gupta. "What people require from us (BJP) and other political parties can only be known after involving them in every stage of policy making," said Gupta adding that the process would help to make realistic and inclusive manifesto.