Can’t act legally for not fulfilling election promises, says Allahabad HC

G Shaheed


Law and Life

Is there any provision in law to act against a political party for non fulfillment of promises in election manifesto? No, said the Allahabad High Court.

There could be many promises to the people in an election manifesto. Even if it is not fulfilled, they cannot be termed as corrupt practices under any law governing elections, observed the HC. So no action can be taken against any party.

Amit Shah releases BJP manifesto of
West Bengal election in Kolkata | ANI (File)

A voter in Aligarh, Khurshid Rehman, had approached the Aligarh magistrate court alleging that during 2014 general elections, Amit Shah was BJP president and election manifesto was not implemented even after the party ruled India. He prayed that under IPC, charge of cheating be framed against Shah. The magistrate rejected it for want of any penal provision in any law to direct the police to investigate the allegations.

The HC of Allahabad upheld the view of court below. The HC observed that election promises cannot be implemented through any court of law.

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