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BJP’s free COVID-19 vaccine promise does not violate provision of poll code: EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission upheld that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine in its manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls is not in violation of the provisions of the model code, the Election Commission said.

A complaint was lodged by RTI activist Saket Gokhale claiming that the promise is discriminatory and a misuse of powers by the central government during elections.

“…no violation of any of the provisions of Model Code of Conduct has been observed…,” the Election Commission said.

“The Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution enjoin upon the State to frame various welfare measures for the citizens and therefore there can be no objection to the promise of such welfare in election manifesto,” one of the provisions quoted by the Election Commission said.

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