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|George orwell. pinrest.com|
The proper administration of elections in a democratic country with more than 560 million voters lining up before more than 930000 polling stations to choose the right candidate representing as many as more than 470 to 500 political parties is a nightmare for the Election Commission of India. They have to watch out for booth-capturing, tampering of votes, bribes, etc., in remote places.
Corruption has become part of politics and is found in grass root levels. According to a report published in the recent past by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a nonprofit organization that works on electoral and political reform, ''a total of 1,580 Members of Parliament (MPs) and Member of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), or approximately 33 percent of the legislators in India’s Parliament and state assemblies, have criminal cases pending against them''. In 2018, it is reported that though some of their charges are minor, over 20 percent of the new MPs face serious charges such as attempted murder, assaulting public officials, and theft.
|India. politics and crime. epaper.timesgroup.com/|
|India -poliics and crime.satynandvatsa.blogspot.com/2014|
ordered the Parliament to “cure the malignancy” of criminalization of politics by making a proper law totally prohibiting the entry of politicians with criminal records into portals of the Assembly or the Parliament or any other political arena. Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the five judge-bench observed ''this unsettlingly increasing trend” has the propensity to “send shivers down the spine of a constitutional democracy.” The court added that the criminalization of politics was “not incurable” but the issue was required to be dealt with soon before it becomes “fatal” to democracy. They added the criminalization of politics is an “extremely disastrous and lamentable situation.”
Many media and political commentators keep saying the prevalence of criminal activities in politics is not under check due to lack of deterrents like stringent law that requires political parties to revoke the membership of tainted candidates or complete ban on their entry in politics for the rest of their life. Besides, they should be fined heavily running into crores if caught in a scam or misappropriating public funds meant for the welfare of the people who elected them to power. The Parliament must amend Article 102 of the Constitution and provisions of the People’s Act to disqualify unworthy candidates. If it is not done nothing will change the present political scenario.
The shocking news is of 3,884 criminal cases, court conviction resulted in a 6-year ban from contesting elections; guilty judgements in 38 cases and 560 were let out scot-free - just acquittal. Yet another disparaging fact is in 18 of 29 states and two of seven union territories, surprisingly there were no convictions for criminal cases against MPs and MLAs whose criminal activities included murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, hate speech, and criminal intimidation.
|Indian political scenario and criminals thehindu.com|
|Ciminal poliicians, India . edenias.com|
|Criminals in Indian politics will get a shock treatment!! www.apherald.com|
The Supreme Court has taken the right move to curtail criminalization in politics and proper implementation of this move is far more important than mere direction because our Nethas know very well how to save their face by using lots of holes in the law. The Supreme Court on Thursday - 13th Feb. 2020 directed political parties to upload on their websites details of pending criminal cases against candidates contesting elections.
A bench headed by Justice F Nariman from the parties over the selection of such candidates and said the information must be uploaded on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and in one local vernacular and one national newspaper.
The Supreme Court said the parties must submit a report of compliance to the Election Commission within 74 hours of selecting such candidates, failing which the poll panel must inform the apex court. The apex court also demanded a proper explanation from the parties over the selection of such candidates and said the information must be uploaded on ''social media as well as published in newspapers''. The court has taken the right direction, though it is belated, based on the plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to direct political parties not to field candidates with criminal history. The spark is the finding that 46% of Members of Parliament have criminal records, has forced the SC to act quickly.