Freebies

  • EC cracks down on AIADMK, asks it to stop distribution of freebies March 5, 2014

    Chennai: The Election commission has now cracked down on J Jayalalithaa's AIADMK over election freebies. It has asked district collectors to stop distribution of free mixer grinders and laptops. The Election Commission will also take a call on removing the AIADMK symbol of two leaves from the government buses. The...
  • EC working on guidelines to restrict announcing of poll freebies August 21, 2013

    The Election Commission is working on framing of open-ended guidelines to restrict announcing of freebies in poll manifestos, an idea strongly opposed by many political parties. Though the parties barring the BSP have vehemently opposed any restriction on them in announcing freebies in election manifestos during their recent interaction with...
  • The Last Word: SC right in asking EC to regulate 'freebies' under code of conduct? July 9, 2013

    Taking a strong view against distribution of freebies by political parties and candidates, the Supreme Court has expressed the need for a law to regulate their conduct. Karan Thapar discusses with a panel of experts whether the Supreme Court is right in asking the Election Commission to bring the election...
  • SC expresses the need for a law to curb freebies by political parties August 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Taking a strong view against distribution of freebies by political parties and candidates, the Supreme Court on Friday expressed the need for a law to regulate their conduct. The apex court said distribution of freebies influence voters, shake the foundation of democracy and disturb level playing during elections. The...
  • Jaya hands out laptops, cattle to voters September 16, 2011

    Tiruvallur: With the local body polls in early October, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has gone all out to reach out to rural voters with the freebies she promised during the assembly polls. Violet, a Class XII Student from Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, is a proud owner of a brand new...
  • Tamil Nadu: will poll freebies work? April 11, 2011

    New Delhi:When you are stung by allegations of corruption and anti incumbency how do you face an electorate? Karunanidhi's answer was in his manifesto - free grinders, mixies, and laptops to the voter. The party seems to have institutionalised its 2006 victory mantra which was free colour TVs and rice...
  • TN polls: Grinder, laptop, mixer for votes April 7, 2011

    Jayalalitha added a free fan and even went to the extent of promising free goats to the voter. ...
  • TN polls: Freebies galore in DMK manifesto March 22, 2011

    Chennai: Seeking to woo the electorate again with promise of more freebies, ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday said it would distribute free mixies or grinders to women, free laptops to SC/ST students and free rice of 35 kg to BPL families if voted back to power. In the election...
  • Jaya criticises Karuna's 'freebies' statement January 4, 2011

    Chennai: Hitting out at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for announcing that freebies will be distributed as long as poverty existed in the state, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Tuesday accused him of "reinforcing the rich-poor divide". Karunanidhi's statement was an admission by the DMK patriarch that he...
  • Cong apes DMK, gives freebies in Karnataka April 21, 2008

    New Delhi: In the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly polls, which will be held in May, the Congress has come out with a bouquet of promises. Taking a leaf out of the DMK's notebook in Tamil Nadu, the party has promised one colour television set to every family Below Poverty Line...
  • Goodies got expensive this Diwali October 10, 2006

    Mumbai: We have just bid farewell to Dussehra festivities and now Diwali is around the corner. This is the time when the Rs 25,000 crore consumer durable and electronic sector will do, whatever it takes, to shore up the sales. Scanning through the festival noise, what's striking this year, is...