The election commission of India has decided to crack down on parties that go overboard with their manifesto promises. This was reported by The Times of India.
The news paper said that officials will soon start vetting manifestos for the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab and UP. Punitive action could be as harsh as withdrawing a party's symbol if it promises the moon without giving an affidavit on a stamp paper to the commission. The decision was taken at a meeting on September 23.
Accoeding to an internal note of the commission, it is expected that manifestos reflect the rationale for the promises and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it. Trust of voters should be sought only on promises which can be fulfilled. .
In fact many parties in their election manifesto promise many things which they failed to fulfil. One example is of Shiromani Akali Dal which had promised laptops to class 12 students but later backtracked because of more than Rs 1 lakh crore debt.