Panaji, Jan 11: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday released its ‘livelihood manifesto’ for the upcoming assembly elections of Goa. Making its debut in Goa elections, AAP released its first installment of manifesto based on the feedback that the party received from more than 350 ‘Goa Dialogues’.
Elvis Gomes, chief ministerial candidate of AAP stated that if AAP comes to power, his party will recover Rs 36,000 crore by putting the corrupt miners behind the bars. Justice M.B. Shah Commission had estimated Rs 36,000 crore loss owing to illegal mining.
Corruption free governance
Arvind Kejriwal during his rallies in Goa stated that if his party is elected to power in the upcoming assembly election, his party will make a corruption free government in the state. AAP stated that their party cannot compromise on 3Cs, i.e. Character, Corruption and Communalism. AAP has promised a corruption free government and governance in the state.
Delhi model – Arvind Kejriwal in the election rallies promised to bring ‘Delhi model’ in Goa if his party gets elected. By Delhi model, Kejriwal meant Mohalla clinics, better government schools and more facilities in government hospitals.
400 crore for people affected by closure of mines
Closure of mines in Goa has badly affected the families associated with mining. AAP in its manifesto has promised a 400 crore package for people affected by the closure of mines and also promised to provide jobs to those who are dependent on mining.
Casino free tourism, end to drugs and prostitution
Drug, trade and prostitution has been a major issue of the state. During the 2012 Assembly campaigning, BJP had promised to shift the off-shore casinos from river Mandovi but failed to act on the promise after being elected to power.
AAP manifesto promises tourism free from casinos, gambling, drugs and prostitution. Goa has four off-shore and more than a dozen on-shore casinos.
Key Takeaways from AAP Goa Manifesto
- AAP Goa manifesto has promised corruption-free governance, pollution-free mining and tourism free from casinos, gambling, drugs and prostitution.
- Rs 400 crore fund for people affected by closure of mines.
- Jobs creation to those dependent on mining.
- Creation of corridor in the mining belt to put an end to the villagers transportation.
- AAP Goa manifesto promises houses to people of the fishing sector living along the coast that their houses will be regularised.
- Ecologically destructive fishing affecting the fishing communities will be banned.
- Scrapping the amendment to the Tenancy Act enacted by the ruling BJP government.
- Scrapping the current government’s decision of withdrawing the protection given to coconut palm as a forest tree within three days coming to power.
Assembly elections in Goa will be conducted on February 4 and the election is a triangular battle between BJP, Congress and the debutant Aam Aadmi Party.