BJP's MCD poll manifesto promises meals for Rs 10, no new tax

The 'Sankalp Patra' (manifesto), described by BJP leaders as the "charter of commitment", also promised to work towards a Delhi "as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

On the lines of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government's proposal to provide food at subsidised rates and the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) decision to start its own canteens, the manifesto promised to provide meals for Rs 10 under a new scheme.

"A scheme, the Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana, will be launched and the civic bodies will provide meals priced at Rs 10," said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who released the manifesto along with senior party leaders, including Union ministers Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel.

The elections for the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations in New Delhi are due on April 23. The BJP, which ruled the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), had also won the three corporations after the trifurcation of MCD in 2012.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had announced the launch of its own canteens which would provide meals for Rs 5 to Rs 10. One such canteen is functioning at the LNJP hospital.

Kejriwal's decision to open 'Aam Aadmi Canteens' replaced the 'Jan Ahaar' project, which was launched by former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

According to media reports, the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is mulling opening 'Annapurna Bhojanalayas' which will serve breakfast and lunch for Rs 3 and Rs 5 respectively.

BJP's MCD poll manifesto contains 41 points, including promises, proposals as well as plans after the victory in the election. It will be reviewed every two years.

Over the last two years, the BJP-ruled civic bodies and the AAP government had been engaged in a war of words over transfer of funds amid strikes by sanitation workers in east Delhi.

"The Delhi government has an annual budget of Rs 48,000 crore in which, the civic bodies have a share of Rs 9,000 crore. But, they received only Rs 2,800 crore. We will force the government to release the dues," said Tiwari.

Taking a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his allegations of corruption and non-performance in the civic bodies, he said, "He (Kejriwal) should sit in the parks of MCD and his cough, for which he goes to Bengaluru, will be cured." 

The manifesto promised a "transparent and corruption- free" rule. It also promised to regularise the temporary sanitation workers, digitalisation of citizen services, putting pressure on the Delhi government for regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

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