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Electoral bonds: Withholding donors' names a regressive step, says Congress

The electoral bonds is an alternative to cash donations made to political parties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Wednesday hit out at the central government over the introduction of electoral bonds, alleging that withholding the donors' names was a "regressive step" and would give unlimited access to the ruling party to misuse official machinery to "coerce" them.

Chief spokesperson of the Randeep Surjewala said today that hiding names of donors of was a "regressive step".

"Hiding 'donor names' of 'Electoral Bonds' is a regressive step that paints process of Electoral Funding to Modi Government's favourite colour: BLACK!

"Is it meant to stifle 'transparency' and give unlimited access to ruling party to misuse info and state machinery to coerce donors!" Surjewala tweeted.

In a bid to clean election financing, the government yesterday outlined contours of the new that donors can buy from and said receiving political parties can encash only through a designated bank account.

The electoral bonds, which are being pitched as an alternative to made to political parties, will be available at specified branches of (SBI) for 10 days each in months of January, April, July and October.

The bonds, which would be valid for 15 days, will not carry the donor's name even though the purchaser would have to fulfil norms at the bank, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 17:35 IST