Delhi elections 2015: BJP blooper in Vision document states North Easterners immigrants

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In a “Vision document” that came in place of manifesto four days ahead of Delhi Assembly elections scheduled to be held from February 7, Bharatiya Janata Party promised to make the national capital a world class city with major focus on development and women security besides promising transparency in governance. Addressing the reporters on this occasion BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi while releasing the document along BJP’s Delhi president and other senior leaders said: “We will make Delhi a world-class city. We will ensure development of all sections. Women security will be a priority area for us”.

 The document promises to address shortage of water, ensure round-the-clock power supply, providing houses to slum dwellers and making the administration responsive and people-friendly. However, the document did not spell out BJP’s position on full statehood to the national capital which it had promised in its manifestos for the 2013 assembly polls and past elections.

 On statehood issue, Ms. Sitharaman said it is an important matter for the party and we will discuss it with the stakeholders before taking a final decision. However the party did not make any specific mention regarding power cutting tariff that they had mentioned previously in 2013 assembly election manifesto. The document also said Below Poverty Line (BPL) and poor families will be provided power at subsidized rate.

 Ms. Bedi said ensuring “utmost transparency” and making police accountable will be BJP’s focus area. “An Expert Advisory Committee on matters of strategic importance will be set up which means the party will not only follow the vision of its leaders but will also rope in experts”.

 The vision document further said BJP government will make compulsory health insurance for all citizens of Delhi. BJP also said that 15-bed hospitals and ambulances with paramedical staff will be made available at every 5-km in the national capital and to introduce private OPD facilities by government specialists in all government hospitals from 5 pm to 7 pm in the evenings if it comes to power.

 The 24-page document that entails the party’s roadmap in taking Delhi forward by making it a world-class city and steps in public welfare include a section on “North Eastern Immigrants to be Protected”. The section talks of special cells in all police stations and 24-hour helpline numbers to be set up “for protection of north-eastern migrants”. Reacting strongly to the BJP document calling  people of Northeast as immigrants Congress leader Ajay Maken while addressing a press conference said “is BJP trying to say the people from the North East are not Indian citizens”?

“BJP’s vision document has a pointer called ‘north-eastern immigrants to be protected’. The word immigrant is used when people move from one country to another, so does BJP consider people from the North-Eastern states as residents of some other country or the north-eastern states according to them are not part of India? “We demand that they remove that line from the manifesto and apologise to public,” Maken said.

The document promises of regularization and development of unauthorized colonies will be done and all facilities, similar to those provided by DDA colonies, will be provided. “The funds for the lay-out of these colonies will be granted by Delhi government and the flats can be registered with the appropriate authorities”.

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