Electoral bonds verdict: How to make poll funding transparent?

Months ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Supreme Court struck down the electoral bonds scheme that allowed anonymous donations to political parties. The Supreme Court said the scheme violated freedom of speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and directed the issuing bank, SBI, to submit details of electoral bonds as well as the donors to the Election Commission of India. In this episode of News Today with Rajdeep Sardesai, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi, former Finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, and other panellists discuss the implications of the Supreme Court verdict and how to check black money in politics. During the debate, former CEC Qureshi suggested formation of a National Election Fund where corporates and individuals could give funds through cheques. Qureshi said the fund would be managed by the Election Commission and the donation would be given out to the parties based on their election performance.

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