New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held a hearing on the promise of free gifts to voters in the elections by political parties. Expressing concern over this, Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana said that it is undoubtedly a serious issue. He said the top court has said on this issue several times in the past that it is not a playground. Political parties make more promises to win elections.
Expressing concern over the issue, the supreme court said that within our limited scope, we had asked the Election Commission to frame guidelines. After our instructions, the Election Commission held only one meeting with the parties and they had sought views from the political parties. We know, but we don't know what happened after that. The apex court asked petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay why he had involved only the parties when participation of all stakeholders was necessary in the formulation of the policy.
Not only this, the court also asked petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay that all the political parties are making promises, so why did you mention only two parties instead of all the parties. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioner, said he would try to get the rest of the parties involved.