NEW DELHI: With less than a week to go for polling in the national capital, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is reaching out to traders in Delhi. Taking the campaign to the constituency level on Monday, the party also launched separate manifestos for East Delhi and Chandni Chowk constituencies.
The party will also launch manifestos for the remaining five constituencies in the coming days.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the policies of the central government along with the sealing drive in Delhi had hurt traders.
“The traders now, however, are very unhappy and hurt the way the Modi government during last five years has broken the backbone of the country’s economy and the way this government has treated the traders. The policies of Modi government have ruined traders. Demonetisation in a single stroke brought endless miseries for traders and barely had the trading community recovered from this rude shock, the Modi government hastily brought in the GST, which nobody could understand since it was implemented without any proper planning," Kejriwal said.
He added that even though traders in Delhi were miffed by the sealing drives they were in a dilemma due to nationalism.
“I want to appeal to the traders of Delhi today – that so far you were with Modi, what did you get? Now build a relationship with Kejriwal, he will honour the relationship with you till his last breath," he said.
The AAP is attempting to woo traders, who are a key voter base in Delhi.
The party in its constituency-wise manifestos have promised to focus on women safety, providing employment opportunities and improving education.
“In East Delhi, education, employment, livelihood, cleanliness and environment are top priorities. We will focus on women safety and improving the law and order situation in the constituency. Women safety is a concern not just in JJ colonies but also in apartment complex areas," Atishi Marlena, AAP’s East Delhi candidate said while releasing the manifesto.
In Chandni Chowk, the party has promised to improve the working situation for traders and set up startup hubs to help youth.
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