Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar today criticized political parties for not fulfilling their poll promises. Khehar expressed his opinion in presence of President Pranab Mukherjee. He said that not fulfilling poll promises is a lack of accountability on part of political parties. He suggested that a mechanism should be evolved wherein political parties can be held accountable for the promises they make during elections. He also pointed out that quite often the manifesto has no link to economic reforms or social justice.
Khehar described the current scenario wherein parties easily find excuses such as inability to form consensus among members. He suggested that political parties need to utilize constitutional means to ensure good governance in the country. Supporting Khehar’s views, President Pranab Mukherjee said that political parties need to develop a voluntary code of conduct for their operations. He pointed out that, excluding 1957 and 1984, no political party has been able to get more than 50% votes in any election, something that indicates that majority of people are unsatisfied.