PM Modi is all set to take all necessary actions in regard to the matter of Electoral Reforms. He has already in favour of the agenda made in this aspect. Also, it has been expected to him to raise the issue and lead the talk to discussion about changes which should be made in poll funding rules. Moreover, he is supposed to lift up another subject which is holding of simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha & State Assemblies at an all -party meeting. Logically, it is to be held before the initiation of Budget Session. As per the internal sources, PM Modi has made up his mind to build a consensus beforehand because obviously, he understands the implications of such exercise.

 

A top BJP leader has also confirmed that the PM will be calling a meeting in this regard. His further answer is quoted hereunder: “We are in power and still pushing for reforms in poll funding. I do not think any party will be against it”. Not surprisingly, this is not the first time that PM Modi has tried to come up with this subject but this could not reach at its destination as the last session was dropped out due to the outcry over demonetisation. With key state assembly and local polls happening virtually every year, the Model Code of Conduct coupled with deployment of senior officers hit the developmental programmes adversely, he has contended while pushing for simultaneous polls. The Election Commission of India is also in support of poll funding reforms and suggested that the amount under anonymous donation should be reduced to Rs. 2,000 from Rs. 20,000 which are accepted by Political Parties.

 

Consequently, parties will not be able to avoid scrutiny by breaking large sum of money into multiples of Rs. 20,000. Additionally, the new provision about the powers to deregister parties can be included in the rules & where there is any sufficient evidence to believe that poll outcome was influenced in any manner then in such case polls can be repealed and/or recalled.

 

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