BJP’s Election Manifesto-2019 violates poll code, BJD tells Odisha CEO


Bhubaneswar: The BJD on Monday moved the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) alleging that BJP’s Election Manifesto-2019 violates Section—18.3.2 (iii) of the Manual on Model Code of Conduct-2019 set by Election Commission of India (ECI).

In the petition filed with the Odisha CEO, the BJD argued: “This is to bring to your kind notice that as per Section—18.3.2 (iii) of the Manual on MCC-2019 set by ECI, it implies: Manifesto should reflect the rationale for the promises, Manifesto should indicate ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it and Trust of voters should be sought on those promises which are possible to be fulfilled.”

The ruling party has also urged the Odisha CEO to take strong actions against the BJP.

Talking to the media soon after filing the complaint, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “BJP’s Election Manifesto-2019 released yesterday has violated Section—18.3.2 (iii) of the Manual on MCC-2019 set by ECI. It clearly mentions how an election manifesto ought to be abiding by the guidelines.

“For instance, they (BJP) in its 2014 manifesto had promised to accord Special Category Status to Odisha. However, after staying in power at the Centre for five years, that very promise is missing from the 2019 manifesto. It implies cheating and violation of guidelines,” Patra said.

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“Though promised in 2014 for increasing MSP for farmers by 1.5 times and didn’t keep the words, it has been repeated in 2019. Thus, the guidelines for the manifesto have been violated. Same is the case with one lakh crore irrigation promise as the ways and means of the funds have not been mentioned vividly. Also, the false promises of building 15 ports in the next five years, employment and providing 1 lakh crore for urban development in Odisha have been made. BJP’s 2019 Manifesto is full of ‘jumlas’ (false promises),” the BJD spokesperson further said.

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