Election Commission warns of keeping watch on freebies, sops

Election Commissioner A K Joti said that in case of “tall promises” made by the parties, the EC would ask them about the ways and means of income sources through which they would fulfill such promises.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:September 11, 2016 5:16 am
Punjab elections, punjab polls, election commission, election commission, A K Joti, warns, check, check on tall promises, freebies, election campaign, india news, indian express Election Commissioner AK Joti made it clear that everything would be under scanner including promises pertaining to ‘freebies and sops’ made by the political parties ahead of the elections. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra/File)

‘Paid news’, use of money, drugs and ‘misuse’ of the government machinery were the issues which were raised by the the political parties including Congress, BSP, BJP, AAP and left parties before the Election Commissioner of India during a one-to-one meeting with the representatives of the all the political parties as well as police and civil administration officials of all seven districts under Jalandhar sub division Saturday.

Election Commissioner A K Joti made it clear that everything would be under scanner including promises pertaining to ‘freebies and sops’ which are made by the political parties ahead of the elections. Talking to the media after the meeting, Joti said that in case of “tall promises” are made by the parties, the Election Commission would ask them about the ways and means of income sources through which they would fulfil such promises.

During the meeting with the Commissioner, BSP Jalandhar Zone coordinator Balwinder Kumar said that there should be some mechanism to check ‘paid news’ as they create a false impression about a party and mislead the public. He also suggested to stop the free flow of liquor and money during the elections and government machinery should remain impartial.