EC urged to ban announcement on freebies

TN Toddy Movement president lawyer C Nallasamy appealed to the EC to ban announcements on freebies, made by political parties, at the time of election.

He said that once the DMK chief MK Stalin announced to offer Rs 1000 to all family heads-women-after coming to power, the CM Edapadi K Palanisamy vied with him by announcing Rs 1500 per head and 6 LPG refills free of cost to each family.

Meanwhile, MNM chief Kamal Hassan, who is also in the CM candidate race, ridiculed them by stating that he alone announced distribution of money to the homemakers.

All kind of announcements related to freebies at the time of election is an insult to the self-esteem of the people. So, they should be banned.

The state was already suffering with over Rs 5.5 lakh crore debt and nearly one fourth of the state revenue go for remitting interest alone for such loan.

So, how can the parties mobilize fund for giving new kind of freebies, he asked.

They would slap more tax on the people or hike the tax on liquor, petrol and diesel to mobilize fund for giving new freebies or obtain more loan to meet the expenditure, which could further endanger the state’s economy, he feared.

BAN ON CONTESTS IN 2 SEGMENTS: He said that after his movement fielded over 1000 candidates in the Modakurichi segment in 1996 poll, the EC brought some changes in the election process, which reduced its overall expenditure by Rs 300 crore in subsequent elections.

But, even now, some leaders contest in 2 segments and resign from one segment after winning both.

So, the EC has to conduct by election again in that segment by spending huge money.

Instead, the leaders who resign from the segment should be asked to bear the cost of holding byelection.

It would help check contesting in 2 segments by some leaders and wastage of taxpayers money, he felt.

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