An attempt is being made to change the narrative so that the proposal is seen as something the Election Commission wants rather than an agenda the Modi government is actively pursuing.
Jagdeep S. Chhokar
The Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) scheme, recently approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security, has no mention of the men and women who form the police force.
Contrary to the finance minister’s assurance in the Budget speech, amendments to the Finance Bill ensuring anonymity to the donor as well as the receiver will only add opacity to political donations.
While the Budget’s effort to include electoral funding issues is commendable, a closer look at the provisions tells a different story.
When a government which says it wants to remove black money tries to defend acceptance of foreign money by political parties and opposes transparency of political funding, doubts arise about its actual intentions.
The recent advertisement by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat House Committee reiterates that our ‘public’ representatives and ‘public’ servants do not consider public money to be their own, and thus show little accountability in its expenditure.
The government appears to be seeking to counter news reports that are critical of the planned amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
Given the obvious conflict of interest, the party MPs must make the honourable decision to opt out of voting on the amendments.
Suggestions to allow candidates to spend more money in elections are based on a misreading of how parties function on the ground.