Ajay K. Mehra
Party and Election Campaign Financing in India. A Quest for Legal Limits amid Illegal Reach
Abstract: The party and election campaign financing in India has been questioned for its opaqueness and the infusion of black money. The Indian political parties have also been accused of collusion with and an influx of criminal elements, a phenomenon that has led to the criminalization of politics. A major ramification of the process has been the presence of legislators — both at the national and state levels — with criminal records. A large body of research of the phenomenon indicates that the dubious elements with whom individual candidates and the parties sought help and protection during elections have muscled their way into politics and have been elected as lawmakers. A natural progression has been the infusion of black money into politics. There have been several efforts to peg election expenditure, but the parties have attempted to wriggle out even by using the Parliament to enact a new legislation. There is complicity and organizational silence of political parties on these issues.
Keywords: organizational silence, political parties