AMC polls: Parties skip manifesto, gives only oral promises
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 21:13
Aurangabad: No political party including the Congress, NCP, BJP or the Shiv Sena has declared their election manifesto for the upcoming elections to the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

This has annoyed voters and they are given mere oral assurances, which are not possible to implement practically. The elections for 98 wards are to be held on April 11 and the results would be declared, the next day.

Congress-NCP-City Progressive Front has been floated by the former Shiv Sena strong man and newly elected independent MLA Pradeep Jaiswal. Whereas Shiv Sena and BJP are once again in alliance to stay in power in the local body.

Out of the total of 99 wards, elections would not be held in ward 28, Nehru nagar as all the candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers and Abdul Sajid Abdul Sattar of the Congress is the lone candidate, who has been declared elected unopposed.

While canvassing for the Congress, Sajid, the sitting chairman of the AMC standing committee says, "If our front comes to power we would supply water for 24 hours without charging a single rupee to the people in the AMC premises. Our front would take developmental works on priority basis and we would get more funds from the State and the Centre as our parties are in power there." The statement made by Sajid is considered as a populist assurance.

Minister of Energy Ajit Pawar, who was here to campaign for the front on Saturday said. Besides roping in funds from the Centre, we would also give good officers to the AMC who are having the vision of development. Aurangabad will also be developed in the same way as that of Pimpri-Chinchwad by utilising funds from JNNURM. It is not difficult to sanction a fund of Rs 1000-crore for the AMC because many of our ministers are at the Centre."

He asked voters to vote the Front to power. He alleged that the ruling Sena-BJP alliance was not interested in the development of the city. Radhkishan Vikhe Patil, the Guardian Minister assures, "We would solve the traffic problem if voted to power. The AMC has given a chance to people of Aurangabad to throw out the saffron alliance and vote for secular parties."

Minister of Industries Rajendra Darda, who had carried out a large number of developmental works in the city by utilising his funds, urged voters to vote the Congress- NCP- Progressive Front to power. Congress and its allies may bag more seats due to the developmental works carried out by Darda, a local MLA, but as a whole the combined manifesto of the Front is yet to be declared.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance has also not yet declared any election manifesto. The leaders of both the parties are yet to resolve the differences between their alliance and pacify their respective dissidents as well.


First Published: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 21:13

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