AMC polls: Parties skip manifesto, gives only oral promises

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 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withdrawn their nomination papers and Abdul Sajid Abdul Sattar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.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 21:13

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