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AAP's Varanasi manifesto soul - River (Ganga), weaver and sewer

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 7:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Keeping up with their tradition of releasing constituency-specific manifestos, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday released manifesto for their most important electoral battle, Varanasi, promising to solve the problems of "River (Ganga), sewer and weaver".

AAP's detailed eight-page manifesto bears a clear stamp of its focus on two famous things of city – River Ganga and weaver – to attract the voters. The manifesto had something for everyone.

AAP in its manifesto promised 'holy city' status of Varanasi alongiwth a special economic package from both centre and state which would involve cleaning of Ganga river and upkeep of ghats.

They said Varanasi would be developed not like a corporate city but as a "cultural, spiritual and knowledge" city which would also increase tourism.

It also gave a special emphasis on improving the "sewage facilities" across the city. It stated that even though crores of rupees have been spent on sewage system Varanasi still lacks a working sewage treatment facility due to which roads across city are dirty.

It also promised people to address issues of poor roads, electricity, water, health and education infrastructure. The party said they would also carry out a referendum for establishment of an AIIMS like facility in BHU and increase seats in all schools and colleges in city.

To address problem of cleanliness, AAP said they would ask for replacing of plastic cup with "Kulhads" for tea and other things.

"The manifesto was prepared after extensive consultation with people from all sections of society across the constituency. We would continue to improve on it. We believe that people of Varanasi would rise above caste, religion and creed and vote for an honest alternative – AAP- which has honest intentions to give power in hands of people," said a senior AAP leader.

While talking weavers of Varanasi, AAP said even though, "their sarees and clothes are world famous", they are living a difficult life. AAP said they would implement a slew of measures for weavers starting from establishing of a thread and finishing plant besides ensuring minimum wages for them.

AAP said only those works, which people of Varanasi want, would be undertaken if they win the election. AAP in its manifesto also promised to free city from control of mafia and eradict corruption. They also promised to work specifically for sections like fishermen's community and solve their problems.

Not just that, party said the money to be spent from MPLADs on projects would be only paid once the locals would be satisfied with the work of contractors.

AAP leaders said their leaders and volunteers would now reach out to Varanasi voters with their manifesto in the next 10 days. Varanasi goes to polls on May 12 in ninth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls. Results of the general elections are scheduled on May 16.

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