DE­CRIM­I­NAL­IS­ING POL­I­TICS

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Front Page -

The Supreme Court de­liv­ered a key order on Thurs­day in an at­tempt to clean up the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem

HIGH­LIGHTS OF THE ORDER

■ Par­ties will have to pub­li­cise on their web­sites, so­cial me­dia plat­forms and news­pa­pers the de­tails of poll can­di­dates with crim­i­nal back­ground

The in­for­ma­tion should in­clude the na­ture of of­fences, and de­tails such as whether charges have been framed and the court in which the case is pend­ing Par­ties will have to ex­plain the rea­sons be­hind choos­ing such can­di­dates. Se­lec­tion should be based on mer­its, and not merely ‘winnabil­ity’

PAR­TIES RE­ACT

■ Both BJP and Congress wel­come the ver­dict, say­ing it will help deal with the crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of pol­i­tics. BJP’s Nalin Kohli says the SC di­rec­tion will strengthen elec­toral democ­racy

■ Congress’s Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala hits out at BJP over the ap­point­ment of a min­is­ter in Kar­nataka who is ac­cused in min­ing cases

THE FLIP SIDE

There are con­cerns that friv­o­lous cases could be filed against politi­cians and that changes on the ground might not be sub­stan­tial since de­tails on crim­i­nal cases sought are al­ready avail­able on poll af­fi­davits

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