The conduct of parliamentarians suggests that the Constitution of the country and democracy are in danger, said Prof Babu Mathew, Bangalore North Aam Aadmi Party candidate.
At an interaction with candidates from Bangalore North constituency organised by Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC), Babu said: “Corruption has crept into judiciary too.. Our purpose is to empower the Mohalla committees by enacting the Swaraj Bill and decentralise power to involve people in governance.”
Speaking about the city’s development, Babu said Bangalore has reached its maximum capacity for expansion and therefore needs satellite towns to ease congestion in the city.
“There were 64 lakes in Bangalore North and most of them are missing. Even the existing ones are filled with sewage,” he said.
The city also needs better garbage clearance facilities and water supply, Babu said.
Congress candidate C Narayanaswamy said he would prepare area specific plans and develop the core, peripheral and rural areas of the constituency to address issues related to governance.
Special focus would be given to development of roads and providing water supply in the rural areas of the constituency, Narayanaswamy said.
“I will strive to implement the recommendations of the Paramashivaiah Committee Report to pump around 2,000 TMC ft water from the west-bound rivers to ease the water problem in the state,” he said.
He said he would also focus on improving mass transport systems like Metro, Railways, commuter trains and BMTC by developing the transit centres and providing feeder services.
There is an urgent need to develop satellite towns around the city, he added.
“As a vocal advocate of Panchayat Raj, I would like to involve people in governance by working with them directly,” he said.
JD(S) candidate Abdul Azeem said he would establish a 24X7 control room to be accessible to the people of his constituency.
He said he would also conduct grievance redressal meetings in the presence of officials from various departments to resolve problems and provide time-bound solutions.
“Besides providing infrastructure, I will use the MPLAD funds for setting up a diagnostic centre and dialysis centre in each Assembly segment to provide free treatment to the poor people in the constituency,” Azeem said.
He said he would focus on law and order to make it a safe place to live, and would empower women through the women’s reservation bill and other measures.
All the three candidates agreed to strive to get laws enacted for improving governance in Bangalore.
BJP candidate and former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda did not participate in the interaction.