Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Time to ditch Model Code of Conduct ?

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday released the Samajwadi Party’s much-awaited election manifesto, a short while after sealing an alliance with the Congress.

Following are the highlights:

- Children from the economically weaker sections in primary schools will be given 1 litre ghee and milk powder every month

- Free medical services to those earning less than Rs 1.5 lakh a year

- Establishment of Kishan Kosh or farmers' fund

- Free smartphones under Samajwadi smart phone scheme

- Rs 1,000 per month to 1 crore people under expansion of Samajwadi pension scheme

- Free cycle to girls studying in class 9 to 12

- Nutritious diet to pregnant women at their place

- Construction of Purvanchal expressway and Bundelkhand-Terai Expressway

- River front development in prominent cities

- Rs 10 lakh to lawyers, less than 60 years age, on untimely deaths

- Samajwadi sports school for sports promotion

- Old age homes for the elderly and 50% subsidy in bus fares for women

- Electrification of every village in the state

- Free wheat and rice to the poor, pressure cookers for poor women. Free laptops for students

- A kisan kosh (treasury) to be initiated for the farmers

- Strengthening the state’s Metro network. Akhilesh says the next state budget may be presented from inside a Metro train


I leave it to you to judge / decide , which and how many of these  promises , fall foul of the following guidelines of the Election Commission , which announced the UP election on 01 Jan , kicking in the Model Code of Conduct :

On 22 Feb 2014 , following Supreme Court directives , the Election Commission , revised , " Model Code of Conduct " , containing guidelines on what kind of poll promises , political parties can incorporate in their poll manifestos


*   Parties shall make only those promises which are possible to be fulfilled

*   It is expected that manifestos also reflect the rationale for the promises
     and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it

*   Party in power shall stop advertizing for publicity of achievements "


Do not wait with baited breath , for the release of Manifestos of other political parties !

In the above list , just change the party name and insert figures which are 50 % higher !

Do you see the " Late Mover Advantage " ?

Have no worry !  No one will file a Public Interest Litigation in Supreme Court , which is over-occupied with Jallikattu !

And as far as the question of " ways and means of financial requirements " is concerned, Akhilesh Yadav has a top secret plan , viz : imposition of a 10 % " Wealth Transfer Tax " on those 57 Indian Billionaires with a total wealth of $ 216 Billion ( Rs. 15,12000 cr )

He is telling the voters of UP  :

 " Why do you want to wait till 01 Feb budget of Shri Arun Jaitley-ji , to announce transfer of Rs 1500 to poor under Universal Basic Income ? "


23  Jan  2017

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