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AAP releases manifesto, promises full statehood for DelhiAAP convener Arvind Kejriwal releases party manifesto in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
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AAP releases manifesto, promises full statehood for Delhi

31 Jan 2015 | 3:05 PM

NEW DELHI: Wooing all sections in a bid to return to power, the AAP on Saturday made a host of promises in its manifesto like 24X7 “affordable” power supply, free Wi-Fi across the city, installation of at least 10 lakh CCTV cameras for women security, making water a legal right and slashing VAT significantly. Releasing the manifesto, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the document is not just another electoral document but the party’s “Geeta, Bible, Quran and Guru Granth Sahib”, which it will implement point-by-point if voted to power.

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New Delhi, January 31

Wooing all sections in a bid to return to power, the AAP on Saturday made a host of promises in its manifesto like 24X7 “affordable” power supply, free Wi-Fi across the city, installation of at least 10 lakh CCTV cameras for women security, making water a legal right and slashing VAT significantly.

Releasing the manifesto, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the document is not just another electoral document but the party’s “Geeta, Bible, Quran and Guru Granth Sahib”, which it will implement point-by-point if voted to power.

“We want a Delhi where everyone will be proud of calling himself or herself its resident. Where every class grows equally, irrespective of caste or religion,” Kejriwal said, adding that the manifesto is a product of four months of “intense research”.

Among the significant announcements in the manifesto, the party promised to push for Delhi’s statehood and bring down the VAT charges in Delhi to the lowest level among all states and Union Territories within five years.

In order to ensure women security, the party promised to install 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras all over the city along with ensuring a security guard in every bus.

“If 15,000 CCTV cameras can be installed for Barack Obama, why can’t the same be done for our mothers and sisters? We will install 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras along with putting a security guard in every bus,” the former Chief Minister said.

He said the existing Home Guards will be deployed in this respect and their employment will no longer be contractual.

He said free Wi-Fi was a “basic necessity” in today’s times and the party will make sure that every citizen can connect to the Internet wherever they are.

The manifesto said the party will not allow FDI in retail in Delhi.

The manifesto also reiterates the party’s long-standing promise of slashing power tariff by half till the audit of private discoms.

“We will slash the power tariff by half. After that we will ensure a rigorous audit of the private discoms which have had a free run till now,” Kejriwal said, adding that water availability will be made a “legal right”.

In the field of education, the party said apart from opening 500 new schools and 20 new colleges, it will launch a Higher Education Guarantee Scheme enabling students to avail loan from banks without having the need to furnish any collateral by making the government a guarantor.

The party’s manifesto also promises to create 900 new Primary Health Centres and to increase the number of government hospital beds by 30,000.

To ensure “speedy justice” for victims of sexual assault, the party will operationalise 47 fast-track courts, if voted to power.

Holding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as one of the “lowest points” in history of Delhi, the party said it will notify an SIT to “reinvestigate” the killings.

The party also resolved to legislate the Jan Lokpal Bill to ensure time-bound investigation in matters of corruption.

Legislating the Swaraj Bill is also on the party’s agenda with an aim to “devolve” power directly to the people.

The party said that it will regularise unauthorised colonies within “one year” of coming to power. Before that as an “immediate measure” it will provide registration rights to the residents of those colonies paving the way for electricity and sewer lines.

To confer freehold rights to residents of resettlement colonies, the party manifesto proposes a simplified mechanism wherein original allottees will receive ownership of their plots for Rs 10,000.

Kejriwal also took a dig at BJP for not coming out with a manifesto, saying the saffron party did not have an agenda for the capital.

“BJP could not even bring out its manifesto which shows the party has no agenda for Delhi. Or may be they are ashamed that they could not finish a single task as promised during the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. — PTI

India successfully test-fires intercontinental missile Agni-5

India successfully test-fires intercontinental missile Agni-5

31 Jan 2015 | 2:05 PM

India on Saturday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed, intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5', which has a strike range of over 5,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, from Wheeler's Island off Odisha coast.

Centre okays Rs 1,102-cr flood package for J&K

Centre okays Rs 1,102-cr flood package for J&K

31 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI/JAMMU: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today approved rehabilitation package for restoration of public infrastructure in the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: Sources

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: Sources

31 Jan 2015 | 3:25 PM

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS: The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

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Cold wave conditions persist in Punjab, Haryana

31 Jan 2015 | 1:17 PM

CHANDIGARH: Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Punjab and Haryana, with minimum temperatures hovering several notches below normal in most parts of both states.

Jayanthi hits out at Rahul, quits Cong

Jayanthi hits out at Rahul, quits Cong

31 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: In another jolt to the Congress today, former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit the party accusing its Central leadership of vilifying, humiliating and sidelining her when she was “only following Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s directions on green nod to major projects”.

Haryana paves way for quota to SCs in promotion

31 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: Ahead of the completion of 100 days in office on February 2, the Khattar government today unveiled a bonanza for Scheduled Caste(SC) employees, special backward classes and economically backward persons in the general category.

Sindhuratna fire: Commanding Officer to be court-martialled

Sindhuratna fire: Commanding Officer to be court-martialled

31 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: Eleven months after an accident onboard submarine INS Sindhuratna killed two Indian Navy officers, the Commanding Officer of the vessel, Commander Sandeep Sinha, will be court martialled while six others, including a senior officer in charge of submarine operations, will be given Letters of Severe Displeasure.

Ecuador restricts Dhruv flights after mishaps

31 Jan 2015 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: India-made Dhruv helicopters sold to Ecuador have suffered accidents recently, prompting an order of “restricted” operations on the remaining ones.


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31 Jan 2015 | 1:45 AM

NEW DELHI: The battle for Delhi may be a direct contest between Narendra Modi’s men and Arvind Kejriwal’s rookies, but it is the political fight among Punjabis away from Punjab that has given it a true Punjabi ‘tadka’ (flavour).

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NRI done to death by auto driver

31 Jan 2015 | 1:36 PM

CHANDIGARH: A 51-year-old NRI was murdered while his 24-year-old son was injured by an auto-rickshaw driver outside a mall at the Industrial Area, Phase I, late last night following an altercation. The duo, residents of California, US, had come to India regarding a property dispute. The accused has been arrested by the police.

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31 Jan 2015 | 1:04 AM

PHAGWARA: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has taken a stand contrary to some NDA leaders who have been advocating the use of old preamble minus the words “secularism” and “socialism” in the Constitution.

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Finally, govt abolishes e-Trip

31 Jan 2015 | 1:31 AM

ZIRAKPUR: The Punjab Government has finally decided to abolish the e-Trip system and has announced VAT exemption for traders with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1 crore.

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31 Jan 2015 | 1:04 AM

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31 Jan 2015 | 1:06 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today directed the Haryana Government to award within two months fresh contracts for the construction of the 136-km Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway and ensure resumption of work within three months.

Lokayukta Bill defies Central laws: Guv

31 Jan 2015 | 12:22 AM

SHIMLA: The possibility of the Lokayukta Bill being passed by the Assembly getting the President’s assent seems bleak as acting Governor Kalyan Singh today made adverse observations about it.

Bageshwar locals threaten agitation

31 Jan 2015 | 12:49 AM

PITHORAGARH: Local residents are blaming the callous attitude of the Health Department and the state government for the death of an expectant mother while on her way to hospital two days ago.

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31 Jan 2015 | 1:05 AM

KARACHI: At least 61 persons, including children, were killed today in a suicide bombing during Friday prayers at a packed minority Shia mosque in Pakistan's Sindh province, the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in recent times.

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England send India packing

31 Jan 2015 | 2:14 AM

PERTH: James Taylor revived England’s wobbly chase to lead them to a three-wicket victory over India on Friday which secured a place in the tri-series final against Australia.

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31 Jan 2015 | 2:14 AM

PERTH: India captain MS Dhoni today blamed the injuries and niggles a few of his players have been carrying for the team’s poor show in the tri-series.

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Yuvraj stands between Odisha and victory

31 Jan 2015 | 2:14 AM

MOHALI: Punjab are staring at an outright defeat after yet another top-order collapse in their second innings against minnows Odisha in their Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.

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