New Delhi: Days after Election Commission announced the poll schedule for upcoming local bodies and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto assuring proper sanitation and garbage handling, and tackling mosquito menace among others. Also Read - Self Defence: Cooch Behar Firing Took Place After Locals Attacked CISF Jawans, Says Election Commission

According to the manifesto, the party would give enough emphasis for constructing of community halls across the urban local areas representing the wards so that social and cultural requirement of citizens is met, to propagate the new concept of developing urban living suitable for modern needs, thus beautifying and developing cities in the municipal areas. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Seeks Amit Shah's Resignation Over Cooch Behar Firing, Accuses Central Forces of Working At BJP's Behest

“If voted to power, the BJP would provide suitable employment by easing license system needed for small business, work for making building permission for commercial and residential areas hassle free by simplifying the procedures, work extensively to convert all centre-sponsored projects into “reality”. The party would work for promoting health facilities in the wards like evening clinics and would work towards boosting Open Defecation Free (ODF) mission in the state”, the manifesto read. Also Read - CISF Issues Clarification Over Cooch Behar Firing, Says Mob of 150 Attacked Troops, Action In Self Defence

The party also expressed its commitment to set up the offices of corporators in their respective wards for the citizens to register their suggestions and complaints.

Former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta while releasing the manifesto at BJP state headquarters, asserted that there was massive response of people towards the party and it would register overwhelming victory in all the urban local bodies. He further said that the party would give topmost priority to the urgent requirement of maintaining lanes and drains properly, ensure proper street lightening, including strategic lighting wherever required.

The four-phased urban local bodies polls are scheduled to start on October 8. Elections in 422 wards across Jammu and Kashmir would be held after a gap of over eight years.

(With inputs from agencies)