EC cannot make parties follow their rule-books

EC cannot make parties follow their rule-books

By NAVTAN KUMAR | New Delhi | 8 October, 2016
Election Commission, political parties, constitutions, Right To Information, Gopal Prasad, Congress, Non-Resident Indian, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gnadhi
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The Election Commission does not have any mechanism to ensure that political parties follow their own constitutions.

The Election Commission does not have any mechanism to ensure that political parties follow their own constitutions.

Every political party has its own constitution which it is supposed to abide by. However, the Commission has neither any monitoring process nor rules to enforce these parties to follow it.

This admission has come through a Right To Information (RTI) reply to a query, which was filed by activist Gopal Prasad.

In a specific query regarding the Congress, the EC has clarified that there is no party registered as “All India Congress Committee” or the “Congress” party. The reply, however, mentions that a party with the name “Indian National Congress” was registered under the People Representation Act, 1951 on 23 July 1981, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with  the“hand” as its symbol.

In another query, whether an active member of the Congress undergoes a minimum training as prescribed by its constitution, the Commission said it does not have any monitoring system to check if the Constitution adopted by the parties was being adhered to.

As per the party’s constitution, “no active member shall be entitled to contest any election on party ticket unless he undertakes a minimum training as may be prescribed by the working committee”.

On a specific query seeking details of whether the Commission has the details of office-bearers of political parties, who are foreigners or Indians of foreign origin or foreigners with Indian origin (Non-Resident Indian), the EC said: “As per rules/policies of the Election Commission, it is mandatory for the members of a political party to be an Indian citizen, at the time of registration.”

However, in response to a query whether All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi fulfil the requirements, the EC said those details were not available with it.

To a question whether the members of the Congress follow the party constitution which stipulates that “he/she is a habitual wearer of certified khadi”, “he/she abstains from alcoholic drinks and intoxicant drugs” and “he/she does not own any property in excess of the ceiling laws applicable to him/her”, the EC said information in this regard may be obtained from the party.

The EC said it has not issued any guidelines for the parties to ensure internal democracy though it asks for updated list of office-bearers from the recognised political parties.


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Mayawati and Maluyam have ruined UP by looting recklessly in last 25 years. Both leaders ruled UP but no tangible progress is visible anywhere in state except making stone images worth thousand of crores by Mayawati. The people are fade up with dramas of CORRUPT AND ANTI-PEOPLE POLITICIANS who are wasting public money on pomp and shows while billion of people are suffering due to rampant corruption compelling people to live in poverty and backwardness where even basic necessities are not provided by govt. What is alternative for people specially youths of country who are running pillars to post for post of peons, sweepers and other menials jobs which is not available for them while illiterate sons and daughters of politicians are holding top posts in govt as CM, DyCM, ministers and other posts. Laloo and Maulyam's families are glaring examples when both illiterate sons of Laloo are made DyCM and minister in Bihar by Nitish Kumar and all members of Maulyam's families are holding important posts in UP govt. Rahul is another example who is dreaming for PM at the cost of nation bringing poverty and backwardness all over the country so that Pakistan can launch massive attack on India if such a weak person is made PM of India. What is alternative for educated and qualified youths of UP who have no future ? The corrupt politicians are making all efforts to make this country weak, illiterate and immature by adopting different dubious means. So youths of country must rise to the occasion in defeating all corrupt and non-governing regional parties like SP and BSP who are curse for the 20 crores people of UP. The public of UP must defeat both parties who have cheated people of state on basis of caste and religion. These regional parties are one man show under control of Maluyam and Mayawati while rest of leaders are treated as slaves. The people must not seal their future by voting to SP and BSP which is run for individual interest and dynasty politics rather than working for masses of state who are still reeling under acute poverty and backwardness even after 69 years of independence. Muslims are worst affected due to voting to SP and BSP. So they should be very careful in future while voting to these corrupt and greedy parties whose sole objective is to loot state resources leaving people in poverty.

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