Aam Aadmi Party on Friday challenged Congress and BJP to disclose the names of the people from whom they have got more than 80 per cent of their funds being spent in the Lok Sabha election campaign.
“The silence of these two parties on the Delhi High Court’s judgement which held them guilty of accepting foreign funds in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act makes it clear that the Congress and the BJP are hand in glove on the issue of taking huge financial favours from corporate houses in return of providing them undue benefits wherever these two parties are in government,” AAP said in a press release today.
The Delhi High Court had yesterday directed the authorities to take action against Congress and BJP for receiving donations from United Kingdom-based Vedanta Resources’ subsidiaries on the ground that it violates laws.
AAP demanded that Election commission of India should monitor the probe into the foreign funding of Congress and BJP, stating that the Home Ministry, which had virtually given a “clean chit” to these two parties, cannot be expected to complete an impartial investigation.
“The EC, which has taken concrete steps in curbing the use of black money in elections, should treat this case as an example to come down hard on the corporate-political nexus, exposed by the landmark High Court judgement,” AAP said.
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The release further stated that the funds received from the Indian subsidiaries of England based Vedanta Resources by the Congress and BJP raised serious allegations of conflict of interest and bribery.
“These allegations cannot be brushed under the carpet and the AAP demands that the EC should seek all details from these parties about all clearances provided by their governments to these companies and when did they receive funds from these companies,” it added.