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Sir, The outcome of the all-party meeting is disappointing, though not surprising. Their total unanimity and the unholy promptness with which they agreed upon a piece of legislation to dilute the effects of the Election Commission's directive and the Supreme Court's judgment is a good indication of the general ethical levels of our political parties.
First, they seemed to have been confused between disclosures and disqualification; the second confusion seems to be about the sovereignty: it is not our Parliament that is supreme; it is the Constitution; thirdly, our Constitution provides for a harmonious balance of powers between the three organs of the State, each one compensating for the lapses of the other; and fourthly, the right to privacy of their nominees seems to be more fundamental to them than the right to know more about their candidates by the citizens at the time of the elections.
What other conclusion could we draw than wondering whether we are not witnessing a phase of cartelisation of parties in India?
Rao V.B.J. Chelikani,
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