New Delhi, 9 August: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has filed an application in the Supreme Court opposing a PIL against political parties promising to distribute ‘freebies’ during election campaigns.

AAP in its application said that electoral promises such as free water, free electricity, and free transport are not ‘freebies’ but are absolutely essential in an unequal society.

AAP claimed that it had the fundamental Right To Free Speech under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution, which included the election speeches and promises for the upliftment of the poor by providing night shelters, free electricity, free education and free healthcare facilities.

“Electoral promises such as free water, free electricity or free public transport are not freebies but examples of discharging constitutional responsibilities of the State towards creating a more equitable society,” stated the application filed by AAP.

Last week, the Supreme Court observed that political parties promising to distribute freebies during election campaigns is a “serious economic issue” and said that there is a need for a body to examine the issue.