Easing city’s traffic woes also a priority, say leaders
Leaders of major parties took part in session
Krishna justifies priority given to IT, BT sectors
Bangalore: Leaders of prominent political parties on Friday promised that their election manifestos would give importance to infrastructure development, besides solving the traffic problems of the city.
Participating in an interactive session titled “Suvarna Bengalooru Pranalike – a sharing of political manifesto by political leaders,” organised by Janaagraha here, the leaders representing the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Janata Dal (S) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) agreed with the public perception that priority should be given to improve the basic infrastructure of the city.
The BJP leaders, led by the former Minister Ramachandra Gowda, said that mass rapid transport like ring rail, utilising existing railway lines for mass transport, gathering public opinion on making the city’s central area a “vehicle free” zone, a separate solid waste management project in open area in about 100 km away from the city and a five-year term for Mayor etc., would be among those that would find place in their manifesto.
Congress leader C.K. Jaffer Sharief said the party’s manifesto was being prepared and it would spell out the perspective of next 20 to 30 years for Bangalore and the State.
Giving equal importance to rural and urban areas, including Bangalore city, improving infrastructure, providing proper housing and basic amenities for the city’s urban poor and widening the roads were some of the commitments of the Janata Dal (S) leaders, who were led by its State working president C. Narayanaswamy.
BSP general secretary P.G.R. Sindhia, admitting that the BSP was still too small a party to rule the State, said that the only assurance the party could make was that it would take up issues related to the city on the floor of the legislature. He also pointed out that neither any political party implemented its manifesto nor the people chose it based on the manifesto.
While justifying the priority given to information technology and biotechnology sectors during his chief ministership, Congress leader S.M. Krishna said the government’s tax base widened from such a move, as these companies paid huge tax, which in turn allowed the government to take up many projects.
Mohandas Pai, Head, Human Resources, Infosys, urged all political parties to assert that Bangalore was important for Karnataka.