EC gives clean chit to BJP's free vaccine promise in Bihar; says no violation of model code
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has held that the BJP's manifesto promise of providing free vaccine in Bihar does not violate any provision of the model code of conduct. In its formal response to a private citizen's complaint alleging violation of the poll code by BJP through misuse of Central go nment machinery, the poll panel gave a clean chit to the free vaccine offer on all three criteria laid down in Part VIII of the model code to regulate party manifestos.
The first of the three criteria states that the election manifesto shall not contain anything repugnant to the ideals and principles enshrined in the Constitution and further that it shall be consistent with the letter and spirit of other provisions of the model code of conduct. The second provision states that the Directive Principles of State policy enshrined in the Constitution enjoin upon the State to frame various welfare measures for the citizens and therefore there can be no objection to the promise of such welfare in election manifesto. However, political parties should avoid making those promises which are likely to vitiate the purity of the election process or exert undue influence on the voters in exercising their franchise, it adds.
The third criteria in Para VIII of the model code of conduct for the guidance of political parties says that "in the interest of transparency, level playing field and credibility of promises, it's expected that manifesto also reflect the rationale for the promises and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirement for it....Trust of voters should be sought only on those promises which are possible to be fulfilled".
The announcement of free vaccine to the people of Bihar by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the October 22 press conference to release BJP manifesto had invoked the ire of the opposition parties, which alleged that the BJP was politicising the pandemic to make electoral gains.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had then tweeted: "GOI (go nment of India) just announced India's Covid access strategy.
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Everybody knows there is no vaccine yet, so only fools will think they will really get vaccine and vote for them
Smart BJP, always step ahead
The communal parties are going out of their way to fling mud at the nationalist party and waste the EC’s time! The BJP and allies are going to sweep the elections!
EC had joined BJP long back. It forms part of BJP. Like CAG no longer independent like cag. slowly all independent bodies shall form part of BJP. No saying in that.
Om Namah Shivaay
Only role of ECI is to help establish a pan India BJP led NDA go nment de ratically and they are working on that direction.
EC always favours BJP
As expected!! EC has no balls to take action indian election has become a joke
Election commission is not at all a neutral body anymore after 2014 lok sabha elections.It has become a puppet that dances to the tune of their master that is our PM PHD in fekology Narendra Modiji.
EC cannot violate Modi
Sony M J
Unfortunate to see EC as a puppet
From army air firce rbi ec to sxxxc Media all SOLD OUT to BJP. BJP ALREADY DESTROYED COUNTRY AND MADE CITIZENS BEGGARS
what a mockery of the system
But does EC have even a bit of spine ? Free vaccine promise for one state if the ruling party wins the election is anti national.
If congress announce free vaccine, will that be poll code violation ?
what ever BJP does is right.
India is a gutter garbage country
I really have deep concern for the people who really believed on Jumla of FREE VACCINE.. Bcz they brain dead people, they need urgent treatment..
why only Biharis, every Indian should get free Chinese virus vaccine.
EC has become the B team of BJP.
God save India