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Making Mumbai an international financial capital in five years, self-sufficiency in power and constructing one million subsidized homes for the poor are some of the promises in the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) joint election manifesto released here Friday evening.


Elections for the 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra is scheduled for October 13 this year. The Cong-NCP alliance which is ruling the state since 1991 also plans to relieve the state from the menace of load-shedding by 2012.


Continuing in its attempt to woo the Muslims, the alliance has assured the disgruntled minority the safety of the Wakf lands.


"The wakf lands would be properly utilized so as to use the money for the well-being of the community", said the leaders while releasing the alliance manifesto.


The leaders, however, could not reply to the questions why they failed in implementing the recommendations of Sri Krishna Commission Report and handing over of Ismail Yusuf College to the Muslims - the promises on which it won the elections in 1991 and 2004.


"We are committed to the judgment given by the court in this regard and in past ten years have implemented many of the recommendations made by Justice Sri Krishna", said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.


The other highlights of the joint manifesto include a Rs.600 per month pension for destitute senior citizens and free education for boys up to Class 12 and girls till graduation.


For the families falling below poverty line (BPL), the two parties would provide special health cards to enable them to avail of medical benefits. Major heart and kidney surgeries would be performed free of cost for them, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.


BPL families would be given rice, wheat and jowar at Rs.3 per kg for up to 25 kg per month.


The two parties would also target raising the per capita income of the state to Rs.100,000 if they are voted to power for the third time.


Besides these, a corporation would be set up to develop the Chaityabhoomi at Dadar, which is the monument to the Father of Indian Constitution, B. R. Ambedkar.


The two parties have also promised to make a fixed deposit of Rs.125,000 for every female child born in the state that would be utilised for her education and other requirements after she becomes a major.


There are other promises made for various other sections of society, including tribals, women and children, and for improving the law and order in the state.






















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