CHP election promises slammed by Young Party chairman
by Daily Sabah
ANKARAMay 03, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 03, 2015 12:00 am
The election campaign promises made by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu before the June 7 parliamentary elections were slammed by Young Party (Genç Parti) leader Cem Uzan on the grounds that the CHP copied those promises from his party. Criticizing the CHP via his Twitter account, Uzan said, "Good luck with it for my country; however, the CHP cannot be successful in this election, neither with the cribber Ali Taran nor with the support of Fethullah Gülen." Ali Taran, who is currently working for the CHP and its election campaign, worked with Uzan 12 years ago during the Nov. 3 parliamentary elections in 2002.
Since the publicist of both the CHP and the Young Party are the same person – Taran – the CHP's current campaign and the Young Party's past campaign share common themes. Accordingly, grumblings from people who are close to the CHP have become much more audible, especially regarding the use of financial resources and criticism due to Kılıçdaroğlu's promises being similar to the version of the Young Party's campaign 12 years ago, which received roughly 7 percent of the vote.
Some of the CHP's unrealistic pledges include a supplementary welfare allowance for the poor, an increase in pensions with double premiums, exempting minimum wage earners from taxation and setting diesel oil prices for farmers at TL 1.5 ($0.55) per liter. Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek criticized these pledges, saying the CHP deserves a Nobel Prize if it can explain how it will achieve these targets without exacerbating the current account deficit and dragging Turkey into a crisis. "We will neither deceive nor be deceived. We will not fall into the trap of populism," Şimşek emphasized.
Again, Uzan had promised canceling some taxes, setting the diesel oil price for farmers at TL 1 per liter and closing certain institutions during the 2002 elections as part of a $50 million publicity campaign.