BJP has promised to free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar in its election manifesto. Opposition parties had accused the BJP of violating the election code of conduct.
New Delhi| The Election Commission of India has given a clean chit to the BJP’s promise of free coronavirus vaccine in Bihar elections. The Commission has said that this promise is not a violation of the Election Code of Conduct. RTI activist Saket Gokhale had complained to the Election Commission about the matter.
BJP has promised to free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar in its election manifesto. This created an uproar. Opposition parties accused the BJP of violating the election code of conduct. However, BJP leaders maintained that there was no violation of the code of conduct anywhere by the party’s promise. Now the Election Commission has also approved this.
RTI activist Saket Gokhale had complained to the Election Commission that the announcement of the free vaccine was an attempt to misuse the powers of the central government and mislead the voters. This promise has been made at a time when the vaccine policy has not been decided.
The Election Commission has not considered BJP’s promise of free corona vaccine as a violation of the code of conduct. During the Lok Sabha elections last year, the Election Commission took the same stand on the promise of Congress’s NYAY plan. Opponents of the Congress then complained to the Election Commission. The NYAY Plan Congress promised a minimum income of Rs 6,000 per month or Rs 72,000 per year for 25 crore people.