NEW DELHI :
Less than three weeks ahead of assembly elections in the national capital, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday released a 10-point guarantee card, which includes reducing pollution by a third, ensuring continuous piped drinking water supply and building houses for slum dwellers.
“This is a guarantee card from me to the people of Delhi. This is bigger than the manifesto. This guarantee card includes issues that affect the lives of every resident," Kejriwal said. “These are issues, some of which we have already worked on in the last five years. Those we will continue to do in the next five. The other guarantees we will begin work on and ensure they are done in the next five years."
The 10 points also include extending free travel on public transport to students in addition to women currently, basic facilities for unauthorized colonies, good education for students until graduation, affordable and quality healthcare, improved security for women, uninterrupted power supply, and improved cleanliness by ensuring efficient disposal of garbage.
Air pollution is a key election agenda in Delhi, which is faced by hazardous levels of pollution especially during winter. The guarantee card has said that the party will reduce pollution by a third, plant 20 million trees and clean the river Yamuna.
Kejriwal’s guarantee for the ‘biggest and cheapest’ public transport facility includes extending free travel to students and women, a fleet of more than 11,000 buses and more than 500km Metro network.
The free lifeline electricity of 200 units and free water, which the Delhi government has provided in its current term, will be extended in the next term as well, Kejriwal said.
The party will release a separate manifesto after 26 January. As many as 70 assembly segments in Delhi, where there will be a three-cornered contest between the AAP, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Congress, go to polls on 8 February. The results will be announced on 11 February.