BJP urges EC to stop Cong’s ‘Guarantee Cards’ campaign aimed to 'induce voters'

New Delhi, Apr 17 (IANS): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to restrain the Congress from “publishing, disseminating and distributing Guarantee Cards or any such material aimed to promote electoral bribery and inducement of voters”.

The party has also requested the poll panel to order filing of FIRs against the 'agents' of the Congress distributing the Guarantee Cards to the voters throughout India.

The BJP has termed the Congress’ “Ghar Ghar Guarantee” initiative -- launched by party chief Mallikarjun Kharge on April 3 -- as a “corrupt practice that amounts to bribery”.

“This initiative purportedly involves disseminating Guarantee Cards to the households across India, purportedly containing QR code, perforated application form, and manifesto pledges,” the BJP said in its representation to the ECI.

“To further confound the wrong, the cards bear the promissory signatures of prominent Congress leaders, namely Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, as official endorsement,” stated the party, adding, “These purported activities raise serious concerns regarding grave violation of electoral laws and regulations, particularly about the manipulation of voters’ trust and the misrepresentation of the Guarantee Cards as legitimate instruments for accessing promised INC freebies, largesse and utopian promises.”

The party contended that “allowing such practices openly contradicts the principles of free and fair elections, and sets a precedent where only registered political supporters may be entitled to government schemes and not the remaining ones".

Citing the Model Code of Conduct and the Indian Penal Code, the BJP told the ECI that this practice falls under corrupt practice and bribery, and stern action needs to be taken in this case under the relevant laws.

The BJP also accused the Congress and its leaders of committing similar “unethical and illegal” acts in the past as well.

“During the Rajasthan Assembly polls in 2023, the Congress had carried out a similar surrogate campaign to bribe and mislead the voters and the EC had then taken a serious view of the matter,” the BJP submitted to the poll panel.

It further said that to an unsuspecting voter, it may sound as if such 'goodies' would actually be handed over to them and hence it amounts to inducement that is expressly barred under the laws of the land, including the Model Code of Conduct.

This practice erodes the sanctity of the electoral process and undermines the foundational principles of democracy, the BJP pointed out, stating that practices like this warrant thorough investigation and stringent enforcement of legal measures to preserve the integrity of the electoral system.






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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Mouth watering guarantees by Congress ? Really ? From where will the money come ? Why are people who never voted for Modi and never will, running after 15 lakhs ? Strange people with strange mindsets.

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  • prema, indian

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    BJP kare tho Chamatkar .... doosrone kiya tho Balathkar? This logic cannot be digested.....

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Why is BJP so scared about Congress guarantees. They boast proudly of ab ki baar 400 paar. If so confident why worry.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Have they forgotten Modi’s guarenttee?.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Now BJP 100% sure that Congress going to deliver the said guarantees. So now they got Burnol bhagya!!

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  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    BJP wants all one sided -- they can do whatever they want-- conduct rallies -- election expenses -- outright misuse of all powers. -- for PM 's rallies all security arranged at TAXPAYERS cost -- he is campaigning for his party using constitutional authority -- -- Late MRS INDIRA GANDHI former PM -- got disqualified for a paltry amount of exceeding election expenses and very trivial misuse of officials -- by today's standards a minor transgression. -- Of course, the sad era of emergency happened but going only on disqualification it was election campaign expense -- -SUCH WAS THE HIGH STANDARD S of Judiciary -- and ethics -- and public morality -- Today all washed down the drain -- day and night misuse. night rallies also --

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    ED should also initiate some process to question 15 Lacs which Modi promissed to garner votes but fooled people for ever !

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  • BASIL DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    What about Modi guarantee's???? These people are afraid of Congress guarantees...

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru.

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Inducing, Seducing, Misleading, last but not the least Fooling are all part of Politics..Politics is a last resort of..... somebody said. Here Resort Politics is also famous... 😎

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru., Inducing, Seducing, Misleading, Faking, Defrauding, Coning, Misinforming, Fooling the people of our great nation, etc is all that Modi and the BJP have been doing since 2014!!!

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru.

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Congress Snow White aa Baboto according to you??OK. Let us meet here June 4.White Ka White Black Kaa Black.. Ho Jaayega👍🏻

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Promises are part of campaign process... If congress says it it has to deliver... That way Modiji made bigger promises much more than any guarantee card... 15 lakh per person and complete repatriation of black money... Karnataka govt has implemented every inch of the poll promises and any vote with basic intelligence will observe... Now bajapa somewhere knows it is getting a fierce fight back from the lower order batsmen... They want to seek umpires' urgent help... hahah... Golisoppu party... All drama will come to a grinding halt and reality will ultimately surface beneath the false euphoria created...

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  • Pinthaam, Mangloor

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Tumko mirchi lagi tho mai kya karoo :)

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    When the BJP gave their false guarantees there were many negative comments, but now the Congress is doing the same thing, and all I will say is 2 wrongs DO NOT make 1 right. With over 350 million people living below the poverty line, the big question is from where is the Congress going to get those crores of rupees to make all those payments?

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