It must be said at the very beginning that there can be no two opinions about the indisputable fact that in India a lot of cleaning is required in political parties because politics has become quite a murky affairs as anyone can not just enter politics but even head political parties inspite of being convicted. It is also unquestionable that political parties are most reluctant to do anything on this score and let us not live in a fools paradise by hoping that their stand would change somehow in the coming years. So, it needs no rocket scientist to conclude that Supreme Court must step in and bar convicted politicians or even politicians who have serious criminal charges against them from heading any political party or from even being a member of it.
While craving for the exclusive indulgence of my esteemed readers, let me also inform them that the Supreme Court on December 1, 2017 sought the responses from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking to restrain convicted persons from forming political parties and becoming their office-bearers for the period they are disqualified under the election law. Can convicted politicians who incur disqualification to run for elections, head political parties? This question will now be dealt by the Supreme Court after a public interest litigation (PIL) suggested that political parties headed by convicted persons should be derecognized by the Election Commission.
Let me also be upfront in saying: Even for getting a very small job one has to be a minimum graduate nowadays but for becoming an MP or MLA or for heading a political party there is no such minimum educational qualification which is a huge mockery and an open travesty of justice which must be set right without forwarding any excuse of any kind! Why there is a proper police verification for getting any job no matter how small it may be but for becoming an MP or MLA, you can like Phoolan Devi indulge in mass murders or any other crime and yet no one can stop you from taking oath not just as an MP or MLA but also as Ministers and slam the charges as “politically motivated”! Why any person cannot vote from jail but contest elections from jail? Why are those who are in jail allowed to contest from jail?
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.