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Socialist Party welcomes CIC decision

Even as major political parties have expressed displeasure over the decision of chief information commission (CIC) to bring them within the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Socialist Party (India) has welcomed it. In a statement, party's national vice-president Balwant Singh Khera said that it was a landmark decision which would go a long way in ridding the political system of many evils.

punjab Updated: Jun 05, 2013, 20:03 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Even as major political parties have expressed displeasure over the decision of chief information commission (CIC) to bring them within the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Socialist Party (India) has welcomed it. In a statement, party's national vice-president Balwant Singh Khera said that it was a landmark decision which would go a long way in ridding the political system of many evils.





Khera, who had filed a similar petition with the CIC years before Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) did, said that the refusal of the parties to come under the transparency law showed their hypocrisy.

"They receive huge amount of unaccounted money from corporate houses. If they come under the RTI, not only the parties but their sponsors would also stand exposed," he said. "If the political parties happily reap a number of government benefits, how can they refuse to be termed public authorities," he asked.

Khera said that the stance of the communist parties on the issue was the most surprising as they had all along been claiming to be friendly to the poor and had publically always advocated probity in public life.

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