How often do we see political leaders talk about or even remember the promises made in the election manifesto of their party? And, have we ever tried to question or evaluate the works undertaken by any Government with respect to the declarations made prior to forming the Government?
be honest, not many of us seem to care about the assurances given in
the manifesto of the political groups. Definitely, we are bound to
believe that the booklet with handsome promises is of no
discuss further, it is vital to understand what an election manifesto
represents. The manifesto holds the intentions, views, and goals of
the political group in a published format. Plus, it promotes new
ideas and depicts the vision to bring in changes which the publishing
party feels are necessary for the prosperity of general public. In
other words, the manifesto must reflect the real intentions of the
political party and the assurances made must be realistic and
feasible. The picture here doesn’t seem to be the same. Let us now
evaluate the manifestos and the actual works undertaken by the
state elections of Delhi
witnessed the emergence of a political party
that claimed to eradicate corruption and other social, economic and
political curses once it comes to power. ‘Jan Lokpal by December
29’, ‘700 liters of free water’, ‘Commando force for women
safety’, and ‘Better health and education’ are some of the
promises made in the party’s election manifesto. Now, I feel they
forgot to add ‘Terms and Conditions apply’.
studying management, we are taught about planning for contingencies
and surprises. However, the AAP did not make any strategy in case a
coalition Government comes into the picture. So, we should understand
why the party couldn’t introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill by December
29. We should also not fall into the descriptive definition of what
‘better health and education’ stands for. As for AAP, such words
and assurances were enough to lure voters and gather support.
Manifesto of the Congress party for the upcoming polls again talks
about strengthening and uplifting the backward classes, poor, and
minority. Plus, it promises adequate health, accommodation, and
pension services to 700 million people. Can anyone ask the party
leaders how would they bring in such reforms? And, when the task of
ruling the nation was undertaken by the Congress for almost 60 years,
shouldn’t these issues been sorted out much earlier than after 67
years of democracy?
is easy to make promises and even easier for the political parties to
overlook these. The instructions of the Supreme Court and the
guidelines of the Election Commission in no way are able to restrict
parties from luring voters with dishonest assurances. This calls for
stringent measures and the setting up of a legislative body that must
assess the performance of the Government in view of the promises made
in the election manifesto.
parties and their leaders must be accountable to deliver what was
assured to the voters and any deviations must be penalized. Surely,
the manifestos would reflect the real intents of the parties post
such measures, which in turn would ensure adequate reforms and
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.