I Change Indiranagar met with the incumbent MLAs and candidates of Shantinagar and C V Raman Nagar from Congress and AAP.

 Indiranagar residents meet MLA candidates present citizen charterFIle image of manifesto meeting by IChangeIndiranagar
Karnataka Elections Karnataka 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 - 16:45

Citizen collectives in Bengaluru are upping the ante in the forthcoming polls and are making sure they are making their demands clear to their candidates.

I Change Indiranagar, a collective of eight resident welfare associations, met incumbent MLAs and candidates from the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party of CV Raman Nagar and Shantinagar over the weekend.

All the candidates were handed a 16-point citizens charter. The primary demand of the charter is the introduction of participative governance through the constitution of ward committees, and public scrutiny of developmental plans and budget.

 

Swarna Venkataraman of I Change Indiranagar said, “We are very clear with what we have listed out. But do we expect politicians to actually fulfil all of them? They have not done it over so many years. But this time, we are asking them what issues they can commit to, based on which we can make a choice. The whole idea of this is to let more citizens be involved in the process of democracy so that we can choose candidates accordingly. We are also asking candidates if they can incorporate these demands in their manifestos.”

Sneha Nandihal, another member of I Change Indiranagar, said, “This was a way of bringing all the candidates on a single forum. We are giving every party a fair chance. We are engaging with them and giving them our charter. We find ourselves more aware of things we want and don’t want.”

“We don’t know how it will pan out after elections but we are definitely hopeful that the next MLA will do a better job as compared to the last one because we have clearly stated what our requirements are. We are now looked upon as a larger force as opposed to individual RWAs,” she added.

“Next time, based on the charter, we will bring out a report card to assess how much work has been done,” she Sneha said.

Other demands include preservation of residential areas against rampant commercialisation, recovery of green cover and public spaces and violation of building norms. The residents also demanded adequate drinking water supply and a revamp of sewage infrastructure.

A meeting with JD(S) and BJP representatives will be held next weekend.

The incumbent MLAs of both constituencies — NA Haris from Congress (Shantinagar) and Raghu S from BJP (C V Raman Nagar) —  won their respective seats twice by a substantial margin.

Haris faces AAP’s Renuka Vishwanathan and BJP’s Vasudevamurthy in Shantinagar and S Raghu faces Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj from Congress, Ramesh Kumar from the JD(S) and Mohan Dasari from AAP in C V Raman Nagar.

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