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GMC polls: BJP promises free Wi-Fi, Congress green Gandhinagar

Releasing the manifesto on Thursday, BJP state vice-president I K Jadeja expressed hope that the party would win the election by two-third majority and transform Gandhinagar into the best state capital in the country.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
April 22, 2016 4:17:24 am
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Days before polling for the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) on April 24, BJP in its manifesto promised a city-wide free wireless network, besides uplift of six villages under the civic body with all modern facilities.

Releasing the manifesto on Thursday, BJP state vice-president I K Jadeja expressed hope that the party would win the election by two-third majority and transform Gandhinagar into the best state capital in the country. It also promised to transform Gandhinagar railway station into a world class railway station with help of the central government and the state government.

He also said BJP would start a Gandhinagar Darshan bus service for tourists and a path darshak kendra for vocational guidance of the youth.

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A facilitation centre for youth under Yuva Swavlamban Yojana, a yoga centre for meditation, a physiotherapy centre, a fitness centre and an amphitheatre in the city were also in the manifesto. Jadeja said Kaushalya Vikas Kendra for artisans and masons would be set up by the BJP elected body and also promised informal markets for selling vegetables and resting places for senior citizens. However, he skipped questions on the availability of land for these projects in the capital.

He went on promise housing facility for the poor and remove slums in the city besides setting up libraries and providing birth and death records online to people. He said BJP was alive to growing traffic problems due vehicular congestion and plans to install close circuit camera on roads like those in Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, Gandhinagar City-District Congress Committee on Thursday released its manifesto for the April 24 elections to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC), promising adequate quantity of safe drinking water, increase of green cover, re-introduction of impact fee to enable a large number of people to get their constructions regularised and transparency in collection of water and other taxes.

Titled “Better city, Better life’’, the Congress manifesto promised to take up plantation activities and regain its status as the “greenest city of Asia”.

The election manifesto pledged to improve the condition of gardens, government schools and dispensaries, and also to run city bus services.

The Congress said it was committed to make the city free of water logging and promised to provide clean drinking water, proper civic, health and educational facilities in Borij, Indroda, Palaj, Vasan, Dholakuan, Adivada, Gokulpura and Fatehpura villages that were recently merged into the GMC.

For daily wage labours living on footpaths, it promised to construct “ran-baseras’’.

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