In a first for Mumbai, the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday released a Mumbai specific Manifesto, promising to help solve many of the city’s issues and changing the face of the city.
On the face of it, this sounds terrific, but in reality the manifesto was mostly scant on details and mostly reiterated what their national manifesto had discussed. And despite being a document specific to the urban city of Mumbai. it even had some bits on farmers and rural economy.
We took a look at the manifesto and here’s five things that stood out!
1 ) Increase in the current minimum housing area from 269 sq.ft. to 450 sq.ft. - The manifesto boldly talked of increasing by nearly 70% the minimum housing area under the National Policy on Housing for new houses to be provided via SRA and SRS. Instead of free housing, the party now talks of affordable housing. Clearly a step away from their socialist policies.
2) Equal rights for homosexuals - The Mumbai leadership of the party reiterated their stand that they unequivocally support equal rights for all and that they would oppose Section 377.
3) No discrimation between locals and outsiders - The manifesto also spoke of bringing abused, oppressed, minorities and OBC’s on par with fellow members of the country. The party claimed that they don’t plan to discriminate between sons of the soils and those born elsewhere when giving away housing projects or subsidised healthcare. Clearly the MNS and the Shiv Sena won’t take this lightly.
4) Increased role of the state - The manifesto pushes for the increase of the government’s role in various sectors such as healthcare, transport, power supply and housing in Mumbai.
5) Abolition of Octroi and LBT - The manifesto talked of eliminating Local Body Tax and Octroi for traders and small shop-keepers and instead establish single window clearance. This would probably be a boon for small establishments across Mumbai if implemented properly.