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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  1. B
    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.
    1. M
      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!
      1. 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.
        1. V
          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.
          1. A
            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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