Chandigarh: All main political parties had come up with up with their own issue based manifestos but none of them asked general public about their grievances.
Interestingly the political parties boast of the ‘common’ promises they have made with the electorate in their respective manifestos. Moreover, they have been accusing each other of replicating their agendas.
While Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have promises to curb drug menace, corruption, increase job avenues for youth, waive off debts of farmers to reduce suicide rate and revive industry in Punjab. The SAD-BJP ruling alliance has been accusing its rival parties of defaming Punjab and its youth by leveling the state with a blot of ‘drug addiction’.
According to experts, the parties prepared their manifestos without conducting surveys at the grassroots level and listing public grievances. Whey the public wants (many issues) are still missing from the manifestos of political parties, they say.
The leaders have been talking of future but no one is look behind the unfulfilled promises, incomplete projects, made by the previous governments, claimed Surinder Mittal, a Jalandhar based advocate. Many schemes or projects started by one government and discarded by another are still leaving the public confused.
Every leader is talking of drugs but no one is committing to break the ‘demand and supply’ chain of the contraband, says Jagjit Singh, a Hoshiarpur based doctor.
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