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Unintended consequences of reining in freebies

The Election Commission of India should be careful when altering the rules of the election game

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Election Commission | Model Code of Conduct | Business Standard Editorial Comment

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  Mumbai 



The ongoing “freebie” debate reached an important milestone this week. The of India (ECI) wrote to political parties on Tuesday, soliciting their views before amending the (MCC) to include fiscal implications of promises made by parties in election manifestos. This issue of freebies got more attention after Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about it and the Supreme Court decided to hear petitions related to the matter. As the ECI has noted, the existing guidelines under the MCC do require political parties and candidates to explain the rationale of promises made and the possible ways to finance such promises. But parties make routine declarations and do not provide enough information. Thus, the proposed change will seek more details.

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First Published: Wed, October 05 2022. 21:54 IST

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