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SC Adjourns Plea Seeking To Declare Congress 2019 Manifesto As Unfair & Violative Of The Model Code Of Conduct

Lawstreet Journal 17 Feb 2020 12:32pm

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On February 14, 2020, the Apex Court adjourned a plea seeking to declare the Congress Manifesto of 2019 Lok Sabha  elections as "unfair and against Model code of conduct", as the party had "promised freebies" to voters, which is an "attempt to bribe" according to the plea.

The bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde deferred the hearing for 2 weeks as one of the co- petitioners was not permitted by the Registry to argue in person.

Adarsh Kumar Agrawal and Dr Seema Jain filed the plea asking for directions to declare the Manifesto unfair and against model code of conduct.

Model code of conduct

The Election Commission of India to make elections free and fair issues certain guidelines for the political parties, these guidelines are actually the do's and Don’ts for the candidates during and before elections.

  1. No party should seek votes in the name of religion and caste, moreover places like mosques, churches and temples should not be used for campaigning.
  2. No political party or candidate shall be involved in any such activity so that there is an atmosphere of hatred and tension among the people of different castes and religions.
  3. Parties and candidates should refrain from commenting on personal life of candidates. However the past policies are open for evaluation.
  4. Threatening voters, giving bribe, campaigning in the periphery of 100 meters from polling booths, organizing a public meeting within 48 hours of polling, and arranging transport “to and from” the polling booths is also prohibited.

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