‘Parties should prepare development agenda before seeking votes’


Political parties here on Monday were urged to come out with their agendas for the development of Mandya town and place them before the public.

‘Swantha Mane Namma Hakku’, a group of like-minded people fighting for the homeless people in Mandya, organised an interaction programme with the candidates of various parties contesting the August 31 urban local body elections.

M.B. Nagannagowda, convener of the group, addressed the candidates and demanded that they prepare their comprehensive agenda for the development of the town/their constituency and place it before the public before seeking votes.

All the major parties have been seeking votes assuring to work for the development of the town. But none of them have prepared agendas for the comprehensive development of Mandya, he alleged.

There are over 2,000 homeless families living on government lands and none of the parties have contributed towards their welfare. At least 5,000 families are living in rented houses and no residential projects have been introduced. People working in beedi industry, construction sector and other unorganised sectors are still being deprived of social security benefits. Political parties have not showed any concern in terms of chalking out and implementation of constructive plans and housing projects to provide shelter to these families, he said.

Sufficient drinking water supply, sophisticated vegetable market, proper solid waste management, establishment of truck terminal and garage zone for mechanics, good roads, drainage, parking system, traffic management, infrastructure in slums and some other issues have been haunting the town. The people should question the elected representatives and officials concerned, he suggested.

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