Sena-BJP Release Vachan Nama

Mumbai, Sept 28 | Updated: Sep 29 2004, 05:49am hrs
The contentious issues of reservation for backward classes in the private sector, revival of beleagured Dabhol project and tackling the Rs 1,03,000 crore debt burden of the state government were conspicuous by their absence in the Shiv Sena-BJP combines vachan nama (manifesto) for the October 13 ,Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The manifesto does not refer to the issue of a separate Vidarbha. Though the BJP favours a separate Vidarbha state, Shiv Sena has been championing the cause of akhand (united) Maharashtra.

The saffron combine has assured to regain Maharashtras lost glory during the Congress-led Democratic Front government, free power, waiver of loans for farmers, 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker sections, 25 per cent reservation for women in government jobs and education in the vachan nama released on Tuesday by BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.

Sena supremo Bal Thackerays promise of free power to farmers figured prominently in the manifesto along with the assurance to waive loans of the peasants if elected to power.

In a bid to lure back the Mumbai voters, who voted for Congress in the April 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the saffron combine has promised the Mumbai vision 2010, a plan for developing the city.

The alliance will also continue with its special programme for the rehabilitation of 40 lakh Mumbai slum dwellers, who settled here before January 1, 1995.