From AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to 15 years of Congress “misrule”, BJP leaders discussed it all before finalising the issues that will feature on the the party’s manifesto.
In the first manifesto meeting on Monday, a 12-member committee discussed the party’s vision for Delhi and how to project it to the voters. Those present at the meeting included Ashish Sood, Jagdish Mukhi, Sahib Singh Chauhan and Harsh Malhotra, among others.
Water and electricity issues — which feature in poll promises made by nearly every political parties — too were discussed. In fact, in the December 2013 elections, debutant AAP won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly, riding on its promises to cut power tariff and provide free power.
When contacted, Chauhan said the leaders discussed how to counter AAP’s strategy to provide cheaper water and electricity.
“Our focus is to provide water to every household in Delhi. Now that we have a BJP CM in Haryana, I am sure we can get more water for Delhi. As far as electricity is concerned, we discussed ways to bring down the tariff. Kejriwal has failed to deliver on his promises. We will give people what we promise in the manifesto,” he said.
Another topic that dominated the discussions was how the party would project PM Narendra Modi’s achievements and Central government’s policies.
“We have to project what we have done for the country after being in government for so many days. Modiji’s achievements, Central government decisions that have benefited Delhi and the achievements of municipal corporations of Delhi will get prominent display in the manifesto. It will also talk about Congress’s ‘misrule’ of 15 years and its anti-people policies. Kejriwal’s resignation, which has left Delhi without a government for so many months, will also be mentioned in our manifesto,” a leader said.