PM Modi, set a precedent, make party funds and spending public

This will have a larger impact on the way politics is being conducted in the country.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Updated: November 29, 2016 2:43 pm
BJP, BJP leaders, Modi, Modi news, Demonetisation, Amit Shah, BJP leaders money, demonetisation bjp, modi demonetisation, demonetisation news, india news When the government wants to have access to each and every detail of a citizen’s life, why should the political parties be left out of accountability.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his party’s MPs and MLAs will have to make the details of their banking transactions public between November 8 (the day demonetisation was announced) and December 31 (the deadline for depositing the demonetised currency in banks). A commendable move. Isn’t it time the PM tries to set a precedent by making his party’s funding and spending public, since he claims to be the champion of transparency and prime crusader against black money.

Several voices have criticised the announcement as a ham handed attempt to portray transparency and honesty among his party’s elected representatives. The voices include one of his most vociferous critics — Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He seems to have a point when he says that the leaders should make the details public at least six months before the demonetisation scheme was announced. His party should also do the same.

To make this move more appealing, the BJP should make details public relating to its revenue and spending on its party website. This will have a larger impact on the way politics is being conducted in the country.

Also, when the government wants to have access to each and every detail of a citizen’s life — personal and financial — why should the political parties be left out of accountability? When a citizen has to give details to every penny earned and the sources of earning, why do political parties have a freedom to evade accountability if party donations are below a certain amount? Why should they remain outside the reach of RTI when they enjoy benefits from the government.

Every election, thousands of crores of rupees are spent on election campaigns by political parties through party funds. Huge spending continues in the name of party activities in following years. This huge black hole in accountability should be addressed as well.

It is safe to say that this is an issue where the Opposition will even stand with the BJP. The current level of insulation in political party funding after almost seven decades of democratic rule proves the intention, or lack of it.

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    bonku
    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    I hope BJP and Modi will bring all political parties under RTI and disclose all donations and detail of donors public- mandated by law- than such gimmicks.
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      MyTake
      Nov 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm
      Another silent surgical strike to reach the heart of the hearts of people!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now people will be comparing who else dares to compete with Modi! Modi is going to break the leg and neck of the mafias in politics!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As Mr. Jaitly (I think) said Modi is going to usher in a new "normal" in public life!
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        Nixon Augustin
        Nov 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm
        Modi must reveal how much money BJP spent in 2014 elections and how BJP got that money.
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          Vish
          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm
          Why is this piece of write up giving a biased write Up? When a media writes, it should be unbiased, call for declarations by all parties, including Chidus, his, Azads, Kharges, Scindias, Jindals, Kejris, tSibals, et al. Why spare Supreme Court judges, JNU and other leftists.
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            ams
            Nov 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm
            80% of BJPs funds come from unnamed sources. Modi ji should stop making chu $$$ iya of public.
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              AlsoIndian
              Nov 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm
              If the PM is sincere, he should not just try to tight the noose on the poor and middle cl but also:lt;br/gt;Declare the names of people involved in Black Money Swiss Accounts.lt;br/gt;Jail loan defaulters. Don't encourage them by writing off their bad debts.lt;br/gt;Make all politican fundings transparent. AAP (regardless of their failures) is a good example.lt;br/gt;Panama names need investigations. Those involved in these scandals are now praising the PM.
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                bob
                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                Fooling People. Asking to give details of transactions from Nov 8th to Dec 31st which is NOT what the opposition alleged.
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                  Nampurath Krishna
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm
                  Vyapam scam started by Congress party leader who was appointed as governor of Madhya Pradesh and his family. Vyapam was also Congress initiated scam.
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                    Common Indian
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 11:18 am
                    Mr. PM, please stop fooling people by selective show of transparency. Only a fool would do any doubtful transaction through his own account after November 8!lt;br/gt;If you and your colleagues are really not involves in any kind of illegal money matters, please take on the challenge of Mr. Kejriwal and shut his and other's mouth by making public the transaction done by you, your colleague and your party for a period of six months before November 8, not post November 8.
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                      sira
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm
                      Congress is a dead party, why should we compare BJP with congress and its allies.lt;br/gt;Also there was agitation against Congress and that has brought it to 44 seats and decreasing.lt;br/gt;BJP should set a new standard by only accepting check payments and come under RTI and not care about what others do.
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                        ravi raj
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 8:34 am
                        that will solve many things in Nepal if they would do this.
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                          kjingar
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                          We must appreciate efforts of Modi ji to cleanse the nation. AK like people will always there to criticize.
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                            karthikeyan
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                            Why not BJP accept the party donations only through bank channel / electronic transfers / cheque transfers etc . They ask small vendor to go digital . Not only BJP every party for that matter.
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                              KS KUMAR
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm
                              For the last 70 years nobody wanted to ask any question. Now at least we should be happy that a beginning is being made. People who are criticising this as a drama were silent all along and never questioned his, Laloos, Mulayams, Mayawatis, Karunanidhis as how they acquired so much of wealth.
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                                KS KUMAR
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                You are right. Kejriwal talks about everything except Delhi and AAP. Unfortunately IE and NDTV gives so much of coverage for this cheat.
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                                  LC
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                                  MOdi needs to pay gift tax for his expensive suit
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                                    LC
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm
                                    Vyapam scam dont forget that one
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                                      LC
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                                      Vyapam scam, reddy scam....dont forget those too
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                                        jugnu Singh
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                                        There is no compulsion for the people to donate to political parties....but it makes sense to make it legally binding for the political parties to name the donor donating beyond specified reasonable threshold. Those fearful of their names getting public may refrain from making donations. NaMo should take the leadership to amend the law to create such obligation, lest all the efforts towards cleansing the economy will turn out to be lameduck effort.
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                                          mathimathi
                                          Nov 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm
                                          PM ModiJi must control illegal Tipsy drugs money and illegal gold money. further recovering black money from swiss is very important.
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                                            Mahender Goriganti
                                            Nov 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm
                                            'It is safe to say that this is an issue where the Opposition will even stand with the BJP' Really, where is the proof for this article or belief based on ??.
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