Announcements of freebies by the government before of the election process came under the scanner of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, which sought a response from the Centre and the Election Commission on a petition seeking a ban on direct cash transfer schemes.
The court issued a notice to Centre and five states Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand on the petition filed by PentapatiPulla Rao, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Elluru in Andhra as a candidate of the Pawan Kalyan-led Janasena Party but lost.
The case cited the Centre’s PM KisanSamman Nidhi scheme and other programs announced by some state governments which, it claimed, helped the parties in power at the Centre and the states in the elections.
The petitioner also disputed that direct cash transfer schemes and the announcement of freebies ahead of the polls amounted to the electoral violation and asked a direction to the EC to fix a minimum time, preferably six months, before the announcement of election schedule for political parties in power to implement schemes which may impact-free and fair elections. Among the schemes he cited were the Centre’s PM KisanSamman Nidhi and the PasupuKumkuma in Andhra.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave two weeks’ duration to the Election Commission and the Centre on a PIL registered by advocate Sunil Ahya who questioned the authenticity of the source codes of EVM, VVPAT & EVM tracking software which may alter poll results.
He had claimed the legal provision mandating six months’ jail if a complaint against the EVMs turns out to be false. The plea sought decriminalisation of the provision.Share this to your,