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Rational freebies

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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
On Tuesday, a Bench of the Supreme Court that included the Chief Justice of India asked the Union government to evolve a view on “freebies” in election campaigns. This was as it heard a case from a petitioner who sought that the Election Commission of India (ECI) prevent state and national political parties from promising such “freebies”— especially given the fiscal implications of such promises. The court expressed concern that such promises might influence voting behaviour and thus lead to unfairness at the polls. The court’s concern is understandable, and reflects a broader sentiment in that such politicking is wasteful

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First Published: Jul 28 2022 | 9:56 PM IST

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