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Aam Aadmi Party candidates make promises on stamp paper in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

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Mukesh Pandey

HARDA/BHOPAL: Unlike other political parties, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates are making promises to the electorate on stamp paper. 

The party candidates assert that they are not making empty promises and hence they are putting them up in writing and taking full responsibility.

The copies of these affidavits that bear the signatures of the state chief of the party, are being handed over to the voters.

This is probably the first occasion when a political party's promises are being made available on affidavit. Till now, politicians made promises and often forgot them.

But now, the voter can approach the court if the promises are not met with, after the candidate's victory. In some parts of the state, this has caused a stir. BJP district chief Amar Singh Meena says that his party hasn't come out with its manifesto for the Assembly polls as yet.

Meena says that AAP has no major presence in the area. Regarding the party's promises, Meena says that when manifesto is released, everyone would be apprised about it.

Congress legislator RK Dogne said that he is aware of the AAP candidate releasing promises on stamp paper. Dogne said that he would apprise the party leadership in this regard.

Earlier, when AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal had visited Madhya Pradesh, he had hinted that the party would not just make promises but put them up on stamp paper, so that its leaders can be questioned-confronted about it.

The long list of promises include appointment of Lokpal, loan waiver for farmers, free power in agriculture sector et al. However, the rider is that the promises would be fulfilled if party's state president Alok Agarwal is elected Chief Minister.

Mukesh Pandey

An investigative journalist, he specially covers Western Madhya Pradesh. Mukesh has worked with several media houses in the past