Dec 10 2021, 00:29
The West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the municipal elections in Kolkata on Wednesday.
It placed a strong emphasis on health, education, culture and transparency.
If elected, the party also pledged to increase security in the city.
The party has planned a 6S model for the city: Swastha Kolkata, Swachh Kolkata, Shikshit Kolkata, Surakshit Kolkata, Sanskritik Kolkata and Sobar Kolkata.
Why is this story important?
After suffering a catastrophic defeat in the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP is eyeing municipal elections in the state capital.
BJP’s rival in West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress, has also tried to find a place in national politics.
The Kolkata civic polls, to be held on December 19, are proving to be a litmus test of the popularity of the BJP.
“The BJP fights with all the power and wins”
The BJP manifesto was released in the presence of BJP leader Dinesh Trivedi, MP Suvendhu Adhikari and other BJP officials.
“We will fight the civic elections with all power and we will win,” said Adhikari, former TMC supremo protege and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Adhikari said he wanted the next elections for the 112 municipalities to be held at the same time.
What is BJP’s vision for Kolkata?
The BJP sees Kolkata as the engine for the development of West Bengal and East India as a whole.
“We will bring back the lost pride of Kolkata’s cityscape by building world-class infrastructure, boosting its economy, ensuring cleanliness and providing a safe environment for its residents,” the manifesto reads.
The party is committed to bringing the city out of economic and political chaos.
“Kolkata will win, BJP will win”
A “unified transport card” was also promised in the election manifesto, titled “Kolkata will win, BJP will win”.
The party is committed to digitizing all public transport ticketing systems in Bengal.
He also pledged to respond to hawker demands and problems and to fully implement the PM-SVANidhi program for hawkers.
Security in the slums has also been ensured.