90% funds for 1 party, Manmohan Singh seeks debate on state funding of elections
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday called for a debate on state funding of elections, underscoring the urgency by drawing attention to how one party has had access to 90 per cent of the money going to political parties.
Singh flagged the issue while addressing a meeting to mark the birth centenary year of former CPI general secretary Indrajit Gupta. The CPI leader had chaired a committee, which, in 1998, had submitted a report endorsing state funds for elections to establish a fair playing field for parties with less money.
Recalling the report of the committee of which he too was a member, Singh said: “Today when only one party has access to 90 per cent of funds, such ideas need to be discussed and debated.”…
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