The adamant step of Gandhian Anna Hazare against corruption has set the tone for his future protests which mainly target the wrongdoings in Indian political system. Even before the Men-in-Khadi could heave a sigh of relief after Anna called off his 12-day protest at Ramlila Maidan, the Gandhian has set the cat amongst the pigeons by declaring that electoral reforms tops the list of his agendas. The debates on electoral reforms triggered off on Anna’s behest must gather momentum for the simple fact that the ever increasing money-power in Indian politics has served the root cause for corruption. A large number of candidates spend more amount than the stipulated limit in their election campaign. After the gross irregularities in the process, the situation has dipped to the extent that in their scornful endeavours to win the election, candidates do not shy from giving money to the voters. Generally, this whopping amount is amassed through illegal means. The very same reason is instrumental for the failure to initiate a concrete step to check the flow of blackmoney. Several suggestions have emerged on the surface to prevent the use of blackmoney in election campaign. An important suggestion is also put forth to use the government exchequer to bear the financial expenditure of the elections. Recently, Rahul Gandhi had made a similar suggestion, but the Election Commission fears that it may make the problem even more colossal. Chief Election Commissioner terms this suggestion as a perilous advise because he opines that in addition to the government funds, the candidates would use their own money for the election campaign. His apprehension cannot be termed baseless, but simultaneously the proposed increase in spending limit of candidates in election campaign, too will fail to find a solution to the crisis.

On the various issues of electoral reforms, different political parties and experts have different theories. The two national parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress do not see eye-to- eye with each other on the focal issues of Right to Recall of elected representatives and the cancellation of their candidature. There is a similar scenario on other issues related to electoral reforms. Under such circumstances, it is imperative to speed up the debate on electoral reforms to arrive at a positive conclusion. It becomes even more important as the electoral reforms have been lying in abeyance for a long period. Undoubtedly, the political parties are responsible for the unwarranted hiatus. They are unable to reach on consensus on issues which are comparatively less complicated. Ironical it may seem but the political outfits have turned a cold shoulder to the Election Commission’s demand to ban those candidates from contesting elections against whom the court has framed charges. Political parties are unwilling to give any say to voters in the selection of candidates. At times it appears that all the political parties have formed a policy to not arrive on a consensus on the issue of electoral reforms. An endless and hollow debate holds no meaning on the issue. In wake of the changed public mood, it would be better for the political parties to initiate the required steps in this regard at the earliest. Alike the issue of corruption, the masses will not tolerate for long that politics meant to guide the country in the right direction remains dependent on illegitimate resources. How can the country tread on the path of progress, if the politics is marred by unlawful activities?