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Writ plea seeking to restrict free gifts by parties

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CHENNAI: A social activist has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the election authorities to restrict the announcement of free gifts by political parties in their manifestos for the coming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

In his petition, K.R. Ramaswamy alias ‘Traffic' Ramaswamy of George Town here submitted that political parties in the election manifestos had announced that, if voted to power, they would give laptops, grinders etc to the people.

This amounted to bribing the voters.

Mr. Ramaswamy said there were many other important problems like river water disputes, development of education and medical facilities for the common man rather than free gifts of the government.

He made a representation to the authorities. But till now, no action had been taken.

Hence, the present petition.

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