Madras HC questions Center on proposed law on promise of rational polls
The Madras High Court severely condemned political parties for making people lazy by handing out gifts. The Court mailed nearly 20 questions to various government departments and to the electoral commission. These include whether or not the Center is proposing to adopt a law on rational promises in electoral manifestos, the steps taken by the Commission so far to examine these manifestos and the measures taken against political parties, among others.
The ordinance, passed by Judge N Kirubakaran and Judge B Pugalendhi, said that political parties should be banned or prevented from making election promises that can add to the pressure on the public treasury, especially if the state is facing to a financial crisis. Otherwise, for financial reasons, the state must increase the number of liquor stores.
The Order said poll manifests weren’t so popular 30 years ago and that in the last two decades alone they have become very popular among the masses as political parties compete to offer gifts in various forms if elected to power.
The kinds of gifts and money given during festivals, although it is justified for the government to take care of the needs of the people, in fact make people lazy and weaken the working culture of the people. In doing so, the honest taxpayer is silenced by government spending.
Therefore, even for any normal work, no force is available in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Nadu has to depend on migrant workers from northeastern and northern states like Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Bihar , Uttra Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha. Most of the workers in northern India do agricultural work and work in hotels, industries, shops, saloons, etc. in Tamil Nadu.
It’s not as if everyone in Tamil Nadu has become an entrepreneur or people with resources and if we go into detail, most people including the rich are waiting for gifts. Engineering graduates M.Phil with an MBA apply for sweeper and OA positions. No one wants to do manual labor. It is reported in the media that the people who go to work for 100 days (MNREGA), which was brought in by the government to give people work, are just chatting under the trees without doing the work.
The way things are today, one would not be surprised to see that the migrant workers would own the properties in due course and the sons of the soil will become workers working under them and this will perhaps be the only achievement, likely, political parties have kept their election promises by giving giveaways over the past 20 years, the court said.
The court posed 20 questions to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Election Commission of India, the Election Commission of Tamil Nadu and the district collector. These include whether the central government has taken steps to pass legislation covering the issue of political manifestos, in particular gifts promised in election manifestos and governing political parties in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling? How many elections has the Election Commission reviewed the election manifests of political parties as per dictum of the Supreme Court of India, which are all political parties that submitted their election manifests for verification in elections after 2014? what are the measures taken against these political parties, which did not follow the dictum of the Honorable Supreme Court to submit the manifestos for verification before the electoral commission? in how many manifestos from political parties has the Election Commission objected to statements or promises made? Whether on the basis of objections such contested or controversial promises have been withdrawn by political parties? among others.
The judges said that “the biriyani and the quarter of a bottle” have become a harsh reality in the elections and that people who sell their votes have no right to complain about the lack of basic facilities.
It is raining gifts for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, scheduled for April 6.
“This continues. The result is that people started to think that they could make a living on freebies. A trend has developed that whoever takes a loan from banks, does not repay the loan, expecting a waiver of loans during elections. In this way, people themselves are corrupted by political parties. The way political parties keep their promises, which are unreasonable and unachievable is really undesirable. Unfortunately, the giveaways are not tied to job creation, development or agriculture. Voters are drawn to vote for them by these magical promises. Once every 5 years this tamasha continues for decades together . The promises have always remained as promises. Most of them, with the exception of the gifts, are not implemented, “said in the Order.
“Whether development is achieved or not, the gifts are only obtained by creating / instilling laziness among the people, shattering the work culture of the state. Therefore, no manpower or sufficient manpower is available and no work is done in the state, without migrant labor imported from other states, ”said the ‘Order.
Unfortunately, political parties focus, at best, only on giveaways to lure voters by hook or crook in their thirst to win the election. This must be stopped because otherwise there will be no distinction between the enthusiastic workforce and those who sit and enjoy the freebies doing nothing, the court said.
If the money spent on gifts is used constructively in creating employment opportunities, building infrastructure, like dams, lakes, providing better facilities and incentives for agriculture, which has been orphaned in our country because most of the people have abandoned agriculture as a crop does not provide a guaranteed income, there will certainly be a social uplift and progress of the state, ”said in the Order.