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People’s Manifesto For Bangalore Civic Elections

Peoples Manifesto for BBMP election demands genuine devolution and public participation

15 March 2010

People’s Manifesto for Bangalore Civic elections


Press Release : 15 March 2010

Bengaluru Janara Vedike / Bangalore People’s Forum
Peoples Manifesto for BBMP election demands genuine devolution and public participation

All efforts of Karnataka Government to deny the people of Bangalore their fundamental right to choose their local government has been defeated by landmark decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Karnataka in response to Public Interest Litigations. As a result elections to BBMP will now be held on 28 March 2010.

Bengalureans last voted over 7 years ago and have been denied their right to shape their city for over three years now when an elected body did not exist. In this period a highly unaccountable and centralised bureaucratic raj took over, giving very little opportunity for citizens to be involved in local decisions. The impact was apparent everywhere: quality of basic services significantly declined, even as money and public resources were invested in highly questionable projects and schemes and in a wholly intransparent manner.

The opportunity now exists to renew our tryst with local democracy and begin shaping our city. Municipal elections are key drivers in shaping our city. Choose the wrong candidate, and vote on the wrong set of issues, the impact is likely to be irreversible. Contrarily, if candidates were to agree to People’s real issues of concerns, and get voted, they are likely to follow up on election promises during their term in office.

With this in context, many not-for-profit voluntary and public interest organisations working with a variety of communities and on a range of issues met over the past several months to collate a People’s Manifesto. Several meetings and discussions within and across sectors was the basis of preparing this Manifesto which is a distilled version of various progressive policies and measures that we feel people of Bengaluru deserves. The list of issues and concerns raised in the Manifesto are meant to be indicative and not all comprehensive.

We are encouraging Voters, Candidates and Public Spirited Campaigners to use this Manifesto as a basis to make a wise choice while participating in the BBMP elections.

The Manifesto is enclosed.

For enquiries on specific issues please contact:

OrganisationContact PersonPh NumberEmailAction AidKshitij Urs9845452242[email protected]Alternative Law ForumClifton D’Rozario9448135832[email protected]AnekaShubha Chacko9243446105[email protected]Bengaluru Slum Janara Kriya VedikeGanesh S9342926841Centre for Education and DocumentationWalter Mendonza9490753601[email protected]Veena[email protected]Community Health CellSowmya K R25531518[email protected]Premdas E25531518[email protected]Concerned for Working ChildrenKavita Ratna9448990480[email protected]Environment Support Group (Environment, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives)Leo Saldhana9448377403[email protected]Bhargavi Rao9448377401[email protected]Garment and Textile Workers UnionJayaram K R9845019056[email protected]Hasiru UsiruVinay Sreenivasa9845568182[email protected]Sheshadri Ramaswamy9880595032[email protected]Janasahyog22128569Jana Arogya Andolana KarnatakaPremdas E25531518[email protected]KilikiliKavita Krishnamoorthy9880742028[email protected]MaraaDeepak Sreenivasan9343763497[email protected]Nightingales Medical TrustDr.Radha Murthy9844037381[email protected], [email protected]ParishkaranJohn Joseph9449023257[email protected]Samarthanam Trust for the DisabledRavi G9886032928[email protected]SangamaRevathi9945231491[email protected]Slum JagattuIsaac Arul Selva9480452037[email protected]The Avenue Road Traders AssociationsSridhar G V9845015036Dileep Shah9342880924[email protected]Urban Research CentreGururaj Budhya9448849353[email protected] bbmp,campaigns,Bangalore civic elections,bbmp,bengaluru janara vedike,general elections,people’s manifesto

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