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Updated: June 4, 2013 15:27 IST

JD(U) rejects CIC ruling on political parties

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JD(U) president Sharad Yadav has questioned the move of the CIC to bring political parties under the RTI Act.
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JD(U) president Sharad Yadav has questioned the move of the CIC to bring political parties under the RTI Act.

Sharad Yadav justifies its stand stating the political parties are not shops

Criticising the CIC ruling that political parties are answerable to citizens under RTI, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said it is “no way justified as political parties are not shops.”

Expressing his “astonishment and shock” over the order, he said, “We are totally against this move” and demanded that the central government come forward to scuttle the CIC move.

“I fail to understand the logic behind the CIC order. There is already a Constitutional body — Election Commission — to which every political party is answerable and is bound to function under its directives. For any small or big deficiency in the conduct of political party, that political party receives immediate notice from the EC. Does the CIC order now mean that political parties will have two bosses - the EC and the CIC?,” Mr. Yadav asked. He also hinted that his party will raise this issue in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The JD(U) president wondered how it was possible to divulge information about inner matters of any political party. “It is not practical to share resolutions of the parties, which are made in the executive committee meetings, and also to share the process of selection of candidates for the party organisations,” he said.

Mr. Yadav also questioned the motive of the CIC looking at political parties and not at cricket bodies like BCCI where there are several anomalies.

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