Time for the Citizens to make their own manifesto for the forthcoming elections

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Amidst all the hyper noise around the penultimate electoral process in the country, major political brains came up with a host of promises through their manifesto. We are sure the majority of the promises are purely to lure the aam aadmi to garner votes and succeed to the pole position.

While political parties will release their manifestos promising a bunch of schemes and a host of freebies to citizens ahead of the Loksabha elections and comparison with the charter of demands by various citizens’ groups reveals that parties have fallen short of gauging citizens’ expectations, each time.

We in Belagavi dont have a large civic groups which are active in such initiatives, but it is now the need of the hour that all the citizens, welfare associations, housing societies, NGO’s come together and create a comprehensive manifesto or charter of demands well before time so that once the elections are announced each one is prepared with the Citizens Manifesto.

This manifesto offers a model of participatory, active citizenship, setting out the rights & responsibilities of a citizen in a way that seeks to empower the individual and reinvigorate the body politic. It presents a framework of citizenship that is engaged and egalitarian; where the people – not the state – determine their own futures and work together for the common good. This vision of what citizens can be – and can achieve – alerts us to the limited citizenship we currently experience and to the possibility of something better”.
Peter Tatchell

Elections in Belagavi have various angles which include Caste, language, religion among other common viewpoints. The parties try to divide the citizens and try to lure you with promises which have turned out to be false over the years and after the elections we just cry over.

Citizens manifesto could be broadly divided into –


Public Health


Mobility and Public Transport



Natural Resource Management

Public Education

Social Justice

Welfare of Elders

Urban Poverty

Animal Welfare

Disaster management

The party manifestos are made for the state and hence may not include some valid points which need to be looked at the local level. The citizens forums can come together and make a wish list of the demands which can be put forth the candidates during the time of elections.

6 thoughts on “Time for the Citizens to make their own manifesto for the forthcoming elections”

  1. Need metro plan east west north south ti start with need another depot in south Belgaum buses should ply and crisscross city like VTU to RCU, VTU to Marihal Kakti Kanbargi Hindalga

  2. That’s really a good idea. Why don’t ‘All about Belgaum’ comes out with standard heads where we the citizens of BELGAUM can feed the ideas ?
    You are certainly aware of what is required as far as BELGAUM is concerned, may be from state govt or central

  3. Water Management should b given the Top Most Priority as far as Belgavi is concern & in future this issue will Worsen.

  4. Vaccine depot is stinking for almost a year on CHENNAMA NAGAR SIDE.people going for morning walks wonder when the authorities will take action to stop stinking water flowing . ?


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