West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call an all-party meeting on public funding of elections.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call an all-party meeting on public funding of elections.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Narendra Modi for all-party meeting

In a letter to the prime minister, Mamata Banerjee wrote, “The issue is broadly of electoral reforms and specifically to prevent corruption and criminality in our democratic polity.
Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 05:56 PM IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call an all-party meeting on public funding of elections, expressing concern over reports of high expenses in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.

In a letter to the prime minister, she wrote, “The issue is broadly of electoral reforms and specifically to prevent corruption and criminality in our democratic polity.

 

The time has come for government funding of elections which is the norm today in 65 countries in the world.” The Trinamool Congress had flagged the issue in its manifesto of 2014 and 2019 elections.

“I urge you to call an all-party meeting with the single agenda of public funding of elections in India, with an objective of rooting out corruption,” Banerjee wrote.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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