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Political parties must be made accountable for their election manifestos, says CJI JS Khehar
Chief Justice of India JS Khehar has rightly given a recent statement that before the elections, political parties come out with their election manifestos full of big promises to entice people and win elections with scant regard to the resources or where the money to meet these freebies will come from. Once the elections are over, these political parties hardly implement their election manifestos. This is a big let down to the people of India.

What the CJI has said is very relevant as almost every political party indulges in it. They do no home work in calculating the cost of these freebies. And even if they do implement some of their pre-poll promises,they do it only half heartedly. Most of the times they turn towards the Central government to compensate them. But when refused, they then start blaming the Centre for non-implementation of these giveaways, which basically they had included in their election manifestos.

One answer to get over this problem could be to include this in the Code of Conduct for elections. But then, it is common knowledge that despite the Code of Conduct, Election Commission has hardly any powers to act against defaulters. Netas have kept the EC as a toothless tiger. One can judge this in almost every election.

The time has come when instead of mutual understanding and agreement among the political class, strict election Code of Conduct is codified in powers of the Election Commission which should be with iron teeth. All political parties must be made accountable for their election manifestos. Apart from freebies, political parties must be forced to include in their manifesto subjects of education, health, community development and environmental concerns.

The political parties should be required to specify in their election manifesto how will they make available the funds for providing these freebies which they have included in their manifesto. Before the elections, a White Paper must be published by the concerned government giving out details of what all they had implemented from their previous election manifesto.

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