Belatedly though, it augurs well that the Central government has felt the need of electoral reform, Union Law Minister Salman Khursid’s proposition will now not suffice that a legislation to bar criminals from contesting elections will be introduced in the next session of the Parliament. This announcement is not enough because only introducing such legislation will not serve the purpose. There are many examples where bills are left pending for long debate and discussion in order to make them laws. Apropos the Minister’s statement, the people with serious charge criminal activities would be debarred from contesting elections, but there is a need of clarification on the meaning of “serious charges”. There is cynicism that the definition of criminal charges may be so complex that the most of the people with criminal background will succeed to fight elections. The Election Commission is trying for long that people having criminal antecedents, either they are under trial or they are awarded minimum five-year imprisonment, should be stopped from contesting polls, but the political leaders are of the firm opinion that until anyone is proved accused, he should be treated innocent. In-principle, this logic is quite precise, but it cannot be ignored that cases of high-end personalities get undue prolonged. Every issue meanders to the Apex Court, which consumes a great deal of time. So, political parties will have to discard this plea that until any candidate is proved guilty, he or she is considered to be innocent.

Right now it is difficult to say that the move to debar people with criminal background from contesting elections will earn support from all political parties. However, all political parties stand by electoral reforms, but reality is what they have not reached a consensus about it despite much deliberations. It is not only the issue that people with criminal antecedents join the fray of elections, rather the colossal misuse of money and muscle in elections is also a matter of great concern. In view of the usage of money and muscle in elections, it is rightly understood that there is a huge gulf between words and actions of leaders. The political leaders have disregarded the electoral process through crafty usage of money and muscle in polls. It is pertinent to know why a political party gets more money from unknown sources in comparison to the genuine fund. It is crystal clear that political parties willingly opt for running business through machination, therefore they are not keen on the electoral reforms. It is not surprising that the government’s initiative on the electoral reform might have been triggered by the announcement of Team Anna in this regard.