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‘BJP’s Covid-19 vaccine promise not a poll violation,’ says EC

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The promise of free Covid-19 vaccine to the Bihar population for the upcoming Bihar state elections by BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) is not a violation of Model Code of Conduct, as informed by Election Commission of India.

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Election Commission of India cleared out that BJP promise of free Covid-19 vaccines in its manifesto is not a poll violation

Activist Saket Gokhale, submitted an RTI dated October 28, the Election Commission of India responded to the submitted RTI saying that there is no violation of Model Code of Conduct by BJP Party for their promise of free Covid 19 vaccine in their manifesto for the upcoming Bihar elections. The Election Commission of India cited three provisions form the MCC which include that that the state election manifesto should not include anything repugnant to the Constitution, should strictly avoid making promises that vitiate the purity of the electoral process and the last one is to exert undue influence on the violence and the trust of voters should be sought only on promises that can be fulfilled.

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Opposition parties were furious over BJP’s promise of free vaccines as less than week is left for Bihar polls

For every election, whether state elections or Lok Sabha elections, different political parties issue their manifesto so as to influence the voters by their promises that they have sought to be fulfilled after the selective party wins the elections. For the upcoming Bihar elections, Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman while releasing the manifesto of the party for the Bihar’s elections, announced that Covid-19 vaccine, when will be ready for the mass distribution, will be provided for free to the population of Bihar for free. This declaration caused immense outrage in the opposition asking the Election Commission of India to take suo-moto cognizance of the controversial matter as the Bihar polls are barely a week away.

 

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