After the Bihar Assembly elections, the BJP has promised free Covid-19 vaccine and testing in its manifesto for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior BJP leaders unveiled the poll manifesto on Thursday. Extending their poll promise of providing free vaccination for the people of Bihar, the BJP included free testing for the people of Hyderabad in the manifesto for GHMC polls. The BJP has made many promises ranging from free electricity to water and free Covid testing to vaccines.
BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, former BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, manifesto committee chairman Vivek Venkata Swamy were also present. Former GHMC major and senior Congress leader Banda Kartika Reddy, who joined the BJP in the presence of Bhupendra Yadav, and national vice president D. K. Aruna were also at the meeting
Speaking after unveiling the manifesto, Fadnavis took a dig at the K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi government for not officially celebrating Telangana Liberation Day on September 17. Assuring Covid-19 treatment, Fadnavis said the BJP will ensure no one would have to go to private hospitals shelling out lakhs of rupees. He asked if Karnataka and Maharashtra officially celebrate Mukti Diwas, then why was it not such a big deal in Telangana?
Assuring the availability of the Covid vaccine, the BJP said in its manifesto that the vaccination strategy will be adopted in a planned manner by the GHMC. It also assured to scrap Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) after winning GHMC polls. The BJP has promised to provide 1 lakh houses through direct beneficiary transfer without the state government’s intervention, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme.
The BJP manifesto announced a complete waiver of property tax in Scheduled Caste colonies and slum areas of the city. The poll manifesto assured free transportation for women in city buses and Metro Rail. Surprisingly, the party has added BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay’s promise of waiver of pending challans to bikes and autos within GHMC jurisdiction. Apart from this, Rs 25,000 has been announced as relief to people affected by the recent floods in the state.
The 150 GHMC divisions will go to polls on December 1 and the counting of votes will be on December 4. The current term of the GHMC council ends in February 2021. In the 2016 elections, the AIMIM won 44 seats, the TRS won 99, the BJP won 4, the Congress won 2 and the TDP won one seat.