From: N.S.Venkataraman < >
HOW TO WEED OUT CRIMINALS FROM INDIAN PARLIAMENT AND ASSEMBLIES ?
The pre condition to eliminate corruption in India is to prevent the corrupt persons and criminals from entering parliament and assemblies. How to achieve this end ?
It is not possible to defeat them in the polls, in view of their extensive money power and muscle power and criminal ridden political parties skilfully aligning between themselves as one front or the other and leaving the citizens with no choice other than voting to any one of the corruption ridden front.
The obvious solution is to prevent the corrupt persons and criminals from contesting the elections at all. The Chief Election Commissioner has correctly said that those against whom criminal charges have been admitted in the court for hearing should not be allowed to contest the elections. But, the Chief Election Commissioner appears to conveniently think that the Government of India should do this by passing appropriate law, which would never happen with so many criminals and corrupt persons now sitting in the parliament. Certainly, Chief Election Commissioner would also know this !
Obviously, the Election Commissioners do not realise that the Election Commission has the residual and inherent power to ban such persons from contesting the polls, since the Election Commission has been given the responsibility by the Constitution to ensure free and fair polls. Banning the corrupt and criminals is the ultimate tool that the Election Commission would be well justified in employing to fulfil its Constitutional responsibility of ensuring fair and free election.
What the country needs today is strong and committed Election Commissioners who would not feel helpless but act towards the cause of healthy parliamentary democracy. The Constitution makers have given the unwritten, inherent powers to the Election Commissions by entrusting with them great responsibility of ensuring free and fair elections. Today, the corrupt and criminals entering parliament and assemblies is not in spite of Election Commission’s efforts but due to its lack of efforts.
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