Dhankhar also claimed that the politics of so-called freebies is seeing a mad race distort expenditure priorities, undercutting the basic framework of macroeconomic stability.
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Noting that the government had rolled out the guarantee scheme just a few months ago, Kharge said that those who criticise the schemes should wait at least one full financial cycle.
Poll results will unravel in five states soon. The electorate is becoming more experimental, layered and unpredictable, making election management a pollster’s nightmare.
The political compulsion to ramp up compensation is manifest in data—more than half the households in over 15 states depend on agriculture.
Besides this, he said, drugs worth Rs 60 crore, petrol, diesel and illegally stored fertilizer, meant to influence voters, were also seized in various districts
There is also the promise of freebies. The Congress has already announced six guarantees including free travel, monthly doles for women, and higher financial assistance for farmers.
“There can be nothing more atrocious than the government distributing cash before the polls,” the petitioners’ counsel argued.
To prevent any sort of inducement of voters through interstate borders with Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, as many as 148 police checkposts would be set up, the CEC said.
The DEOs, SPs and CPs of all three Commissionerates have given presentations on poll preparedness in the State to the ECI.
Yathindra, however, claimed in the video that the items were distributed to ensure his victory and not his father’s.
It is time for political parties and the Election Commission to lay down basic guidelines to distinguish between a welfare scheme and an irrational freebie.
Tamil Nadu has the highest outstanding debt among all states and union territories.
The CBIC will be teaming with the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prevent the flow of suspicious cash, illicit liquor, drugs/narcotics, freebies and smuggled goods during election.
The cost of maintaining loyalty programs, recent impacts of inflation and changes in consumer behaviour are among the reasons why companies may be pulling back, say some experts.
A couple of days ago, Saxena had said the people of the capital are now “used to freebies”.
The chief minister asked him not to “insult” the “hard-working people” of the national capital. Saxena allegedly remarked that the people of Delhi had grown accustomed to receiving free benefits.
This criticism of Congress policies by the Nagamangala MLA found resonance among BJP sympathisers.
Transport Minister S Sivasankar also distributed cheques to another section of workers during a public event in Madurai three days later."
Opposition parties put the state government on the mat for putting riders on the freebies.