young voters ahead of civic polls in Gujarat, the opposition
Congress in Vadodara city has promised to build coffee shops,
which will serve as "dating destinations" for youngsters.
The Congress in its manifesto, which was released on
Tuesday, has promised to set up coffee shops for youngsters
from middle class and lower middle-class backgrounds.
According to the party''s city unit president Prashant
Patel, such facilities are the need of the hour.
"Coffee shops or cafes are expensive. Youths from
middle and lower-middle class can hardly afford to pay huge
bills. We are in the 21st century and it is our duty to
promote a culture where our youngsters can sit and enjoy
private moments without any fear," Patel told PTI.
If the Congress is voted to power, the Vadodara
Municipal Corporation (VMC) will build cafes, which will
double up as dating destinations, he said.
These amenities will also generate employment for
locals, he added.
Notably, over 60,000 students take admission every
year at state-run MS University and three to four private
universities that have campuses in and around Vadodara city.
Apart from cafes, the city Congress has also promised
to build club houses where women can organise kitty parties at
affordable rates, Patel said.
Elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat,
including the BJP-ruled VMC, will take place on February 21.
As many as 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats
and 231 taluka panchayats will go to polls on February 28. PTI