Over 1,900 parties in India, 400 never fought polls: EC
Politics seems to be ingrained in Indians as the country has the largest number of political parties in the world, over 1,900 according to chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi, but over 400 of them have never contested any election.
Zaidi suspected that these could be conduits for turning black money into white.
However, the Election Commission (EC) has started an exercise to strike off such parties from its list. “Striking off their names will disentitle them from income tax exemptions on contributions and donations,“ Zaidi said. Asked why the EC was not deregistering them, the CEC said deregistration was a long-drawn process.“Eventually, we may have to do that, but this is the immediate action taken by the EC on finding the anomaly,“ he said. The EC has asked state CECs to send it a comprehensive report of lists of registered parties which have never contested an election and also the contributions received by them, Zaidi said. He said that from now on, it would be an annual exercise to prune the list of registered parties.
Source : The Times of India
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