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Surgery & law to uproot the ‘rot’
Cry for legal eye on ‘public men’

Bharatiya Suraaj Manch, a new civil outfit that pushes for clean governance, on Wednesday wrote to Chief Election Commission of India, requesting a proposal be mooted to the Centre to bring office bearers of nationally recognised political parties under the ambit of Lokpal and Lokayukta and curb corruption.

A law is needed to regulate the functioning of political parties to make politics cleaner, the signed by Manch national convener P.K. Siddharth said.

“In 1988, Goa took a major step by formulating Goa Public Men’s Corruption (Investigation and Inquiries) Act under which office bearers of political parties were declared as public men, bringing them under the investigative jurisdiction of Lokayuktas,” it said.

It said political parties had no law to regulate their functioning, unlike say, Trusts, cooperative societies and firms.

This is why, the letter argues, political parties engage in graft and its office bearers broker deals and contracts for firms and business houses.

It is time citizens realised political parties were “public institutions and not the private property of a few individuals”, the letter said.

“The Manch recommends, in the interest of good governance, a proposal be mooted by the EC to the Government of India to initiate talks and action on the subject at the earliest,” it stressed.

The name, Suraaj, is self-explanatory, combining “su” or “good” and “raaj” or governance, say functionaries. Aiming to clean the Augean stables of Indian politics, eh?