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Delhi polls: AAP releases its election manifesto, promises to change the system

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 14:56

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: Aiming to bring a radical change in the corrupt system, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Wednesday released its election manifesto ahead of December 4 Assembly polls in Delhi.

Addressing a press briefing after the formal launching of the party`s manifesto, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, "We don’t just want to change the CM of Delhi, we also want to change the corrupt system here."

Highlighting the main points of its manifesto, Yadav said, "Our manifesto promises cheap electricity, regular water supply and affordable housing for the middle class residents of Delhi."

"If we come to power we will demand full statehood for Delhi and all powers enjoyed by other states. We will change the policing system and bring it under the state government as it is now under the Central government."

Yadav also talked about decentralisation of power and said, "In a first of its kind, AAP is going to do an experiment by giving more powers to muhalla sabha on the lines of gram sabhas for getting things done at the micro level."

"Mohalla Sabha will get the responsibility of garbage collection, road construction, park maintenance works. We will form Mohalla Sabhas in all assembly constituencies, "Yadav told reporters.

Claiming that the AAP manifesto is different from the manifesto of other parties, Yadav said, "Our election manifesto has been drafted after taking opinions from people for months. It has not been drafted while sitting in closed rooms."
"Our manifesto says we will pass the Lokpal Bill on December 29 if we come to power in Delhi. We will call special cell of Vidhan Sabha to pass Delhi Lokayukta Bill, "Yadav added.

Elaborating further on the AAP manifesto, Yadav said, "The moment we come to power, electricity bills will be slashed by 50 per cent. We will order special audit for power discoms."

Referring to acute water supply problem, the AAP leader said, "We will bring transparency in the water supply in Delhi. No contractual employment will be allowed. All contractual employees will be regularised."

"Under the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, all government employees and leaders will have to declare their assets," Yogendra Yadav stated.

Kejriwal`s party has released 70 election manifestos for 70 different constituencies - a first of its kind.
According to sources, getting a Jan Lokpal Bill passed by the Delhi State Assembly is on the top of AAP`s election manifesto. AAP`s manifesto promises 700 litres of free water for every middle-class and poor family and lowering the present electricity rates to half. AAP`s election manifesto also addresses the issue of regularization of unauthorized colonies.

Kejriwal, who is also the party`s CM candidate, had said that AAP`s election manifesto represents the true aspirations of the Delhi`s middle class and addresses all important issues - from the Jan Lokpal to abolition of contract work for jobs that are of permanent nature.

First Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 08:59
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