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Left blasts Modi government for easing political funding

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, March 23: Left parties on Thursday condemned the Centre’s proposal to relax conditions for contributions made by corporate entities to political parties. The parties accused the rendra Modi government of creating “new avenues for large-scale money laundering” while claiming to be fighting corruption in public life.
“The Modi government has indulged in the height of duplicity to hoodwink the people of this country with its loud pronouncements to cleanse corruption, particularly in the electoral process,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.
It said this was clear from the amendment slipped into the provisions of the Fince Bill, 2017, where the “limit of 7.5 per cent of net profit of the last three fincial years” and “the requirements of a company to disclose the me of the political parties to which a contribution has been made” has been deleted.
The Companies Act as amended now allows corporates to pay political parties an unlimited amount through the Election Bonds Scheme without disclosing the beneficiary’s me, the CPI-M pointed out.
“This government has not only widened the process of corporate funding to political parties but has also created new avenues for large-scale money laundering,” it stressed.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) said the Centre’s ruling Bharatiya Jata Party would be the biggest beneficiary of the relaxations and demanded a rollback of the amendment.
“No doubt, BJP will be the biggest beneficiary of the amendment. Even foreign companies can dote huge funds to parties and this will act as a severe threat to our tiol security,” the Communist Party of India (CPI) said. “The Modi government and the RSS always speak of transparency in dealings, and posed as the champions of fighting against black money. But the cat is now out of the bag. Now that the Upper House does not have powers to reject the Money Bill, it becomes law automatically,” it said. (IANS)

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