BMC election: CM Devendra Fadnavis will interact with people over poll agenda

Mumbai: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will interact live with lakhs of people through social media to set agenda for Municipal Corporations, post success of ‘Our City, Our Agenda’ on Monday. He has invited 20 people who have contributed their suggestions for the city agenda at ‘Varsha’ — his official residence, in the evening.

In effort to achieve transparency and promote inclusive development, Fadnavis and the Bhartiya Janta Party started ‘Our City, Our Agenda’, a first of its kind initiative, to crowd-source suggestions to build the party’s manifesto in the upcoming municipal elections in the state.

The initiative received an overwhelming response with over seven lakh suggestions in 10 days across varied platforms which include website, phone calls, Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. The suggestions, which address a varied spectrum of concerns, include creating a comprehensive and integrated website containing information of all offices of municipal corporations, providing efficient traffic management system near railway stations, replacing current street bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs, etc. Overall, the suggestions received have been constructive and insightful, and would help BJP in creating a well-grounded and valuable manifesto.

In order to comprehend the issues faced by the citizens better and multi-fold the reach of the initiative, Fadnavis has decided to take a step forward by holding a live discussion on social media ‘Aawaaz Parivartanacha’ on February 6 at 6pm. The discussion shall be held with the 20 participants who gave their suggestions in the initiative and the live online audience. The event shall be moderated by the famous Marathi actor, Pallavi Joshi.

Citizens are encouraged to ask questions, give suggestions and vote on the issues raised during the event on the twitter handle @AskMahaCM. The Chief Minister shall respond to the selected suggestions given / questions asked by the live audience.

In relation to the Initiative, the Chief Minister has stated, “We are grateful to the people who took out time to share their suggestions regarding issues in their areas. This Initiative reflects the essence of a true democracy, in which the government represents thoughts and concerns of its people, and tries to address the same. We are committed to draft our manifesto, and subsequently our policies in the municipal corporations, in context of the suggestions received.”

The BJP Mumbai President Ashish Shelar mentioned, “Inclusive government and transparency are the need of the hour. Instead of preparing policies on the basis of a bird’s eye view of people’s problems, this time, we let the people speak for themselves. The response is truly overwhelming.”

Senior BJP leaders too would be present.

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