Congress,AAP release party manifesto

Congress,AAP release party manifesto


Making its electoral debut in Delhi,the Aam Aadmi Party today released a please-all manifesto offering a series of sops,including slashing of power bills by half,special force for protecting women and introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


In the 50-page manifesto 'Sakalp patra',Arvind Kejriwal led AAP,which has attacked Delhi government over increase in electricity bills,promised to bring it down by 50 per cent by ordering an audit of accounts of distribution companies (Discoms). (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


"If anyone refused,their licences would be cancelled,inflated bills would be rectified,electricity metres would be checked by independent agencies," said Yogendra Yadav,head of AAP's manifesto committee,while releasing it today. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


In a bid to woo Sikh community,the party gave an assurance that it will provide justice to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. In addition to several sops,AAP said it will end fake encounters and false cases against Muslim youths. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


AAP promises to bring in the Jan Lokpal,or an anti-corruption ombudsman,within 15 days by calling an open session of Delhi Assembly on December 29. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


"This Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill would cover all the officials and employees of Delhi Government,from the Chief Minister to MLAs. Under this law,it would be mandatory for everyone to declare their asset. The Lokpal would have full autonomy. Administrative,financial and functional independence and powers to take action public servants," Yadav said. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


Those found guilty of corruption would be sacked,sent to jail and their property would be confiscated,he added. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


Double decker flyovers,developing NCR as a Common Economic Zone and a unified command for governance of Delhi are some of the promises made by ruling Congress today in its assembly election manifesto. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit,while releasing the manifesto,said NCR has become the hub of development and it should be developed as a Common Economic Zone (CEZ). "NCR should be developed as CEZ where there will be common taxation so that the entire area,not only for its own (Gurgaon/Noida) but for the entire Northern India,becomes a hub where there are industries,services and ultimately lead to high standards of living," Dikshit told reporters. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


She was of the opinion that the city could have progressed more if there were lesser multiplicities. "There should be a single command for Delhi. Going to different agencies and ministries takes away a lot of time. We think that if these delays were not there,then whatever progress we have made in the last 15 years,we could have doubled it," she said in the pressence Union Communication and IT minister Kapil Sibal. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


The manifestor states that the unified command should be fully empowered to take decisions and issue directions on all matters including land,municipal governance and police (barring matters relating to security of union government and diplomatic core). (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


She maintained that despite the construction of 48 flyovers,traffic jams still takes place. "Now we have thought of constructing double decker flyovers so that people's problems lessen," she said adding 'Hawking Zones' will be created so that hawkers do not have any problems and get evicted by various agencies. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)