EC holds all party meet on Law Commission finances recommendations, NPP pleads for State funding

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party strongly pleaded for state funding of elections to the Lok Sabha as well as State Assembly as is practiced in several countries of the world in the interest of democracy and fair elections. NPP Supremo told the Commission which convened All Party Meeting at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today that money and muscle power has practically hijacked the electoral process endangering democracy in India. The only way out to save parliamentary democracy is to eliminate money power from the function of democracy. He cited several examples how the big money houses have been used for particular political parties to buy the electorates thus endangering the entire system. He said that many political parties have been converting their black money into political funds by taking out receipts of Rs.10,000/-, 15,000/-, 20,000/- in the name of voters from the electoral list. This way crores of rupees are shown to have been raised from the unnamed individuals as such donors who contribute Rs.20,000 or less are not be mentioned or named.

The NPP Supremo made a strong recommendation that all the donations under 80 GGC/or otherwise should be donated to the Election Commission of India directly. Election Commission of India should evolve a methodology to provide infrastructure, that formed, mobility to the recognized political parties. He said that no political party should be allowed to raise funds or spend directly. He said one day this has to be done. Several political parties including the Congress supported this view. A letter circulated on behalf of Congress President, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi took

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the similar view. However, BJP was opposed to state funding. Several national and state recognized political parties participated in this meet.

 

Part-II

Kishtwar riots and Gandhi Commission’s U-turn

            The NC-Congress government appointed one man commission headed by Justice (retd.) Gandhi to hold inquiry into the circumstances that led to communal riots on 9th August, 2013 in Kishtwar killing three persons. This Commission was appointed on the direction of the Supreme Court of India in a petition filed by J&K National Panthers Party.

The Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah sought resignation from his Minister of State, local MLA from Kishtwar. The interim report of Mr. Gandhi gave clean chit to the local MLA and the Chief Minister restored his ministry.

Interestingly, Mr. Gandhi’s one man commission did not file the final report for nearly more than one year. His final report came only after the defeat of NC-Congress government in which Mr.Gandhi did not find favour with his earlier judgment. Naturally, the local MLA and former Minister with several other police functionaries have been indicted by the Commission. Prof.Bhim Singh who has represented the Panthers Party before the Supreme Court expressed surprise on the Commission’s verdict and told the media that he will be filing a review petition in this regard.

Three judges bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Mr. P. Sathasivam with JJ Mr. Ranjan Gogoi and Mr. N.V. Ramana in their judgment in JKNPP petition dated 07.04.2014 (Writ Petition (Crl.) No. 125/2013) had directed one man commission, Mr. Justce R.C. Gandhi, “To complete its enquiry as early as possible, preferably, within a period of three months from today, if the final report has not already been submitted in the meantime. The Government will naturally be duty bound to take all necessary and consequential steps on the basis of the said report as would be mandated in law”. The final recommendation came only after the formation of the new government, one year after the Supreme Court judgment. This deserves serious attention of all concerned.