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Mushrooming of political parties with no accountability

Mushrooming of political parties with no accountability

Central Information Commission in a path-breaking judgment classified the political parties under the category of public authority. The concerned parties were directed to nominate Information Officer as provided under the RTI Act. The parties are under total non-compliance and the Central Information Commission is unable to enforce the judgment. The plight of Election Commission of [...]

The battle against criminals in our politics is not over yet

The battle against criminals in our politics is not over yet

The campaign for decriminalization of politics is high on the national agenda. The role of judiciary and civil society in highlighting the menace of criminalization and ways to curb the trend has been historic. The order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on March 10, 2014 has very long range impact in terms of remedy. The [...]

Aam Aadmi Party Manifesto Sans Accountability

Aam Aadmi Party Manifesto Sans Accountability

Hon’ble Supreme Court in July 2013 observed that freebies promised by various political parties in their election manifestos shake the roots of free and fair poll. The apex court further directed that the Election Commission should frame guidelines for regulating contents of election manifestos. In compliance of the directive, the Election Commission of India (ECI) [...]

The RTI Juggernaut

The RTI Juggernaut

The unanimity of India’s political class to promulgate Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to categorically exclude registered or recognised political party under the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951, from being considered “public authority” under the Right to Information Act, 2005 has raised scepticism on the potential for depreciatory intent at guarding the clandestine [...]

Public Interest Foundation’s reactions to the recent pronouncements of the Courts and the order of the CIC

Public Interest Foundation’s reactions to the recent pronouncements of the Courts and the order of the CIC

SC order on freebies in manifestos of political parties Significantly, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the verdict of 5 July 2013 directing the Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame guidelines for regulating the contents of election manifesto has observed that the manifestoes even if announced before the notification of election dates, should be brought [...]

Election Commission empowered to enforce clean politics

Election Commission empowered to enforce clean politics

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated July 5, 2013 has directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame guidelines for regulating the contents of election manifesto.  Further, the Supreme Court has observed that the manifestoes even if announced before the notification of election dates, should be brought within the code of conduct [...]

Common Minimum Programme for all Political Parties

Common Minimum Programme for all Political Parties

  Dear friends, Reference : Soliciting esteemed support on key agenda for political parties in General Elections 2014 General elections 2014 are round the corner, and the political parties will soon get busy with their promises. Public Interest Foundation (PIF) has listed issues of prime public concern which in our opinion, must be flagged for [...]

Round Table Conference on Decriminalization of Politics

5th April, 2013 A Round Table Conference was organized today, April 5, 2013, by Public Interest Foundation on the subject of Decriminalization of Politics.  Public Interest Foundation has already filed a PIL before the Hon’ble Supreme Court along with Common Cause, Transparency International and Gandhian Satyagraha Brigade seeking direction by the judiciary to the Government [...]

Urgent need for political party reforms

Urgent need for political party reforms

An RTI application unearthed the fact that only 8% of 1,196 registered political parties have submitted annual reports regarding contributions above Rs 20,000 to the Election Commission. And only 15% have submitted their audited financial statements! Political party reforms are critical in the context of electoral reforms and need to be addressed urgently. The only [...]

Make parties accountable

The only reference to political parties in the Indian Constitution is in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution incorporated, which deals with the disqualification of a person for being a member of either House of Parliament or the Legislative Assembly/Council on grounds of defection. The Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951, makes it mandatory for [...]