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JD(U) slams CIC ruling on political parties

Asks central government come forward to scuttle the CIC move

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Criticising the CIC ruling that political parties are answerable to citizens under RTI, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav today 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?," Yadav asked

He also hinted that his party will raise this issue in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The JDU 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.

Yadav also questioned why the CIC is only looking at political parties and not at cricket bodies like BCCI where anomalies are happening.

First Published: Tue, June 04 2013. 15:05 IST