Crime and Ministers

There is no state funding of elections. Ceilings on election expenses are observed only on paper.



This has a reference to the news item on ‘One third of Indian Ministers facing criminal charges’ (KT Nov 11). Some of them are involved in attempted murder, waging war on the state, criminal intimidation, fraud etc. It’s a sad reflection of the world’s second largest democracy. Indian electoral laws do not debar such persons, unless a person is convicted for a minimum of three years as per the Supreme Court judgment.

Those having money and muscle power come forward to contest elections while a person of modest means cannot afford to. Persons of social repute have no resources to contest elections. There is no state funding of elections. Ceilings on election expenses are observed only on paper. Electoral reforms are overdue.

G.K. Agrawal, Mumbai

This letter expresses the personal views of the author and does not reflect the opinion of Khaleej Times.


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