The Election Commission has geared up to be more transparent about the donations received by political parties. In this regard, the commission has presented a draft of its action plan by writing a letter to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice. In order to check the use of black money in elections, the Election Commission has reduced the limit of anonymous donations from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000. According to this draft of the commission, the contribution received by any political party should not exceed 20 percent of the total donation. Not only this, in no case the cash donation should exceed 20 crores. This will check the tendency of political parties to collect cash and unaccounted donations through coupon system. Under the new proposal, political parties will also have to share details of cash donations above Rs 2,000 with the commission. Some parties have been writing for many years in the details of the annual income-expenditure details of political parties submitted to the Commission so far that no person or organization has given us cash donations of more than Rs. 20,000. Therefore, as per the rules, we are not giving its details to the commission. According to Section 29c of the Representation of India Act, 1951, parties have to share with the Commission all details of cash donations received from any person or organization for an amount exceeding Rs 20,000. Along with this, the parties have to share through their annual income and expenditure details. But if the proposal of the Election Commission is approved, it will be mandatory for everyone to transact donations from electoral bonds. This will stop the black money hoarding. Transparency will come. Reaction of political parties on fixing the limit of cash donation On receiving the news of the Election Commission fixing the limit of cash donation, there has been a stir in the political parties. First of all, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has protested. BSP leader and MP Kunwar Danish Ali, who is known for taking cash donations, has targeted this scheme, saying that only big political parties will benefit from it. The regional parties that strengthened the roots of democracy will be crushed. Because of this, all the parties will not be able to get equal opportunity in the elections because the basis of most of the regional parties is common man and no corporate. Common man donates only a small amount of his deposits in cash, no one gives electoral bonds like a corporate. Many regional parties of Bihar and UP have also started sending their opinion to the Election Commission and the Ministry of Law and Justice. Election Commission’s action on paper political parties Earlier, the Election Commission had taken action only on political parties operating on paper. The commission has removed 86 such political parties. The Election Commission has also removed 253 inactive political parties from the list of registered but unrecognized parties. The election symbols of these parties have also been cancelled. Along with removing them from the list, the commission has issued a show cause notice. It has been asked why appropriate legal and penal action should not be taken against them.
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