Congress pledges development in election manifesto

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Dehra Dun, Apr 16 (UNI) Committing itself to the development of Uttarakhand, the state Congress has released its manifesto for the local elections due on April 19.

The manifesto, released here yesterday, pledges to regulate the malin bastis and develop residential and slum plans for the poor in the state.

It also mentions some of the party's unfulfilled promises such as the grant of ownership rights to malin bastis.

Senior party leaders Narendra Singh Bhandari and Dinesh Aggarwal, among others, discussed the achievements of the previous N D Tiwari regime and said the party was committed to develop the state and its people.

The party also criticised the BJP for its baseless allegations and hoarding of essential goods which had caused hardship for the common man.

Declaring that it would take measures to further the development of the state, the party said it would set up e-governance facilities and master plans, besides abolition of water tax among other issues.

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