“These documents are a proof of how these parties are fooling the people in the state. We shall expose them during our public rallies.”
— Madhav Bhandari, BJP spokesperson

Mumbai : Criticising the election manifestos of Congress and NCP, national political party BJP on Friday dubbed it ‘old wine in new bottle’.

“These documents are a proof of how these parties are fooling the people in the state. We shall expose them during our public rallies,” BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, adding that, “They ruled the state for 15 years but did not fulfill the promises. And now they are again making the same promises,” Bhandari added. “The NCP has now promised to do away with the LBT. Why did they keep quiet when they were in power?” Bhandari asked.

The NCP promised to make state load shedding free by December 2012 but that hasn’t been done, he said. The state government did not make any efforts on the Dahej to Uran gas pipeline, he said.

Congress and NCP won the 2004 polls by promising free electricity and have made that promise again, he said. They want to cheat farmers, he added.

“NCP has promised to build 18,000 Km of roads. But, they should first explain why they didn’t build sufficient roads in last 15 years,” Bhandari said. There is no mention of the malpractices on levy of toll in the state, he added.

“Instead they have promised to make state toll-free without elaborating on what basis they intend to do it,” Bhandari said. The manifestos contain no new point, he said. They are proof of the lies and deceit of these parties, he added.

NCP leader Supriya Sule has said nobody knows the current agriculture minister as well as they knew her father Sharad Pawar when he held that post, Bhandari said.

“Pawar is known as the Agriculture Minister during whose tenure 60,000 farmers committed suicide,” he said. “Our priority will also be to remove regional imbalances on development front,” he said.

“We have been supporting creation of smaller states, like Vidarbha region, for the last several years. Shiv Sena was aware of this and was with us for last 25 years,” he said.

Nobody has spoken of separating Mumbai from Maharashtra and allegations by some leaders, including those of Congress are baseless, he said.

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