With just three days left for the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party played its one last card for constituencies in Bengaluru region by releasing a separate party manifesto for the city.
Justifying BJP’s decision to release a separate manifesto for Bengaluru, Union Minister and city MP Ananth Kumar said Bengaluru’s massive population and its stature as one of the most important cities of India makes it necessary for the party to focus specifically on it. He said Bengaluru is the capital of IT and sciences industry in India. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia, but it has its own unique problems that have not been addressed by the government.
The manifesto has made a range of promises to the people of Bengaluru in recognition of the specific problems that the city faces. It focuses on infrastructure, basic civic amenities, public transport, traffic problems and rising crime rates.
BJP has promises 24×7 electricity and water supply to all households. In order to reduce traffic woes, the manifesto has assured improvement of public transport and roads in the city. It has also promised to plant a tree for every citizen in order to address environmental concerns. Face recognition CCTV cameras have been proposed to combat deteriorating law and order.
The party has said that it will enact Bengaluru Metropolitan Region Governance Act in order to ensure planned development of the city. This law will prevent illegal construction and involve greater participation of citizens in the administration of Bengaluru.
Bengaluru’s 28 assembly seats and population of over one crore people has made it a point of special focus for BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the city’s problems during his speeches there. He had assured citizens of Bengaluru that BJP will accord special focus to the capital.