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BJP Delhi manifesto echoes rivals

New Delhi, Nov. 27: The BJP has unveiled its election manifesto but at least two of the promises are similar to what its rivals have offered voters in the capital.

The party has promised to cut the electricity bill by 30 per cent, days after the Aam Aadmi Party pledged a 50 per cent cut.

In the Congress manifesto, chief minister Sheila Dikshit had announced construction of double-decker flyovers. The BJP, in its document released yesterday, has promised multi-level Metro trains for densely populated areas.

The party also courted controversy, saying it would get 85 per cent of seats in colleges reserved for students who have studied in Delhi.

The BJP has promised a commission to sort out the problems of migrants and more security for students from the Northeast. Its manifesto describes Delhi as a “salad bowl” where people from different regional backgrounds live with their identities intact.

The manifesto addresses the concern over shortage of trained domestic help. The party said it would start free training for domestic helps who would be registered.

If voted to power, the BJP plans to implement a policy under which 25 types of medicines would be given free and steps taken to bring down the mortality rate among infants from 28 to 15 per thousand.

The manifesto speaks of a universal health insurance scheme, indicating a priority area for chief ministerial candidate Harshvardhan, a practising ENT specialist.