BJP, JD(S) candidates list promises

MYSORE, APRIL 24. Even as the election campaign came to an end on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (Secular) candidates for the Mysore Lok Sabha Constituency, C.H. Vijayshankar and A.S. Guruswamy, respectively, outlined their plans for the development of Mysore, if elected to power.

Addressing separate press conferences, Mr. Vijayshankar promised to work towards improving the infrastructure in Mysore city, while Mr. Guruswamy vowed to protect farmers' interests if elected to power.

A supplementary manifesto prepared by the BJP and released today stresses the need to develop Mysore as a tourist destination.

The manifesto lists places of importance that will be conserved to protect the city's heritage.

Noting that an increase in the inflow of tourists will boost the economy, the BJP manifesto states that to achieve this goal, infrastructure should be developed.

The party promises to improve railway facilities and ensure good roads to improve connectivity to places of importance.

The manifesto also promises to set up an Autonagar on 50 acres of land.

This will benefit all those involved in the automobile trade, the manifesto says.

Among the other promises that have found a mention in the manifesto include improving power supply in rural areas, reviving industries as well as sourcing investments to set up more industries, construction of hostels for working women, supply of waters from the Kabini to Mysore city, and development of the market areas.

`Vocal parliamentarian'

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Guruswamy promised to be the "most vocal parliamentarian" raising issues of importance to the State.

Exuding confidence that he would win the election, Mr. Guruswamy said the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress candidate, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, would ensure his victory.

Accusing Mr. Wadiyar of remaining inaccessible even to elected representatives, he said Mr. Wadiyar had not raised issues pertaining to the State in Parliament.

The problems faced by tobacco farmers, discrimination in distribution of foodgrains, and other were never raised by the former MP in parliament, he said.

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