December 17, 2016 5:05:19 am
With a day to go for the Municipal Corporation elections, the Congress on Friday released its manifesto making promises of developing more multilevel parking lots, ensuring better water supply and showing zero tolerance towards corruption among other things. The manifesto was released by former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Chandigarh Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra. Unlike the BJP whose manifesto contained promises not in the purview of the civic body, the manifesto of the Congress talked of issues that the MC deals with. However, no promises of any new projects were made.
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The Congress manifesto promised 24X7 civic amenities to the residents, to ensure that the practice of inter-cadre transfers of employees is stopped and that the government employees get the land allocated for the housing scheme.
The Congress leaders said that on being voted to power, they would rationalise house tax and exempt senior citizens and widows from property tax on residential or commercial property up to the rental income of Rs 10,000 per month.
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Asked why they want rationalisation as house tax was introduced in the Congress regime only, Chhabra said, “We did it as it was a must to get grant from the Central government and we levied only nominal tax, but now BJP has increased it by 200 per cent.”
Among other promises made by the Congress are disposal of solid waste management with the latest technology, developing more multilevel parking slots, upgrading community centres, ensuring creation of new jobs in the MC, as well as ensuring regularisation of the contractual workers including school teachers working under MC, focusing on making the city bin-free, providing regular space to street vendors, upgrading civil dispensaries, upgrading primary schools under MC, creating more underpasses to ease out traffic, proper implementation of oustees’ scheme for the land owners whose land has been acquired and renovating all existing green belts, parks and neighbourhood parks.
City BJP chief Sanjay Tandon said that the Congress manifesto was “laughable” and the Congress should be ready for third surgical strike on December 18 as people would go for Congress-free Municipal Corporation.
Addressing a press conference at BJP office Kamlam in Sector 33 here, Tandon said the Congress manifesto had exposed the Congress on what it could not do in the last 14 years and was a mockery with the people of Chandigarh.
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