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BJD Alleges BJP Manifesto-2019 ‘Violates’ Model Code Guidelines, Moves Odisha CEO For Strict Action


08 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: 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, BJD today lodged complaint with the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and urged for strict action against BJP.

BJD’s petition to the Odisha CEO argues, “This is to bring to your kind notice that as per Section-18.3.2 (iii) of the Manual on Model Code of Conduct-2019 set by Election Commission of India, 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.”

In his media reactions soon after filing petition against BJP before the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra argued, “BJP’s Manifesto of 2019 relased yesterday has violated Section – 18.3.2 (iii) of the Manual on Model Code of Conduct-2019 set by Election Commission of India. It has been clearly mentioned how an election manifesto ought to be abiding by the guidelines. For example, they (BJP) had promised in its 2014 manifesto that Special Category Status should be given to Odisha. Despite being in power at the Centre for five years, that very promise is missing from the 2019 manifesto. It implies cheating and violation of guidelines.”

“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 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 argued.

On the contrary, Samir Mohanty, Vice President, BJP, Odisha said, "This is not just a manifesto. It is our promise. When people elect us to power, we will fulfill all those resolutions to make Odisha the No.1 State."

Also Read: BJD Files FIR Against BJP, Alleges ‘Cheating’ As Election-2019 Manifesto Drops ‘Special Category Status’ Promise To Odisha

Also Read: BJD Slams BJP’s Odisha Manifesto As ‘Deceptive’, Raises Volley Of Questions

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Samir Mohanty, Vice President, BJP, Odisha