New Delhi: Launching a fresh attack on the CIC over its order to treat political parties as "public authorities", CPI(M) on Friday said it had "exceeded its brief" under the RTI Act and sought changes in the law.

"CIC has exceeded its brief under the RTI Act by setting out a new definition of political parties. When Parliament adopted the Right to Information Act in 2005, which was supported by CPI(M) too, the intention was not to bring political parties as 'public authorities' under its purview,” CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said.

"Therefore, it is necessary for the government to discuss with all political parties and get the necessary clarification incorporated in the RTI Act itself by Parliament," Karat said.

Terming the CIC decision "to extend the purview of the RTI Act" as "misconceived and wrong", he said the order stemmed from "a lack of understanding and a basic misconception about the role of political parties in a parliamentary democracy."

"Political parties are not governmental organizations or state-funded entities. There is no constitutional provision for a political party. A political party is an association of citizens who come together voluntarily to form a party on the basis of an ideology, programme and leadership,” Karat said in an article in the CPI(M) organ 'People's Democracy'.


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