Petition in SC to bring political parties under RTI

New Delhi, 5th October: A new petition has been filed in supreme court to bring political parties under Right to Information to keep an eye on the use of black money during election campaigns.

The petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay is itself a politicians and belongs to the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party. According to Economic times, Ashwini is Delhi BJP spokesperson and he also sought direction from the central government to fight corruption and comunalisation.

The PIL filed by the petitioner reads, “Declare the political parties, registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a ‘Public Authority’ under Section 2(h) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, to make them transparent and accountable to the people and curb use of black money in elections.”

The petition has asked election commission of India to ensure the compliance of RTI and cancels the registration of the parties who fail to abide by the rules.

RTI also says,”Direct the Election Commission to ensure compliance of the Representation of the People Act, Right to Information Act, Income Tax Act and other Election Laws and Rules so far as they relate to Political Parties and de-register them if they fail to comply with the Election Laws and Rules.”

Ashwini Upadhyay said “The Central and state governments have allotted land/ buildings/ other accommodations in prime locations to political parties all over the country either, free of cost, or on very concessional rates. This also amounts to indirect financing of political parties.”

WeForNews Bureau


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