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Arun Jaitley invites suggestion from opposition to make political funding transparent

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley On Thursday Gave An Open Invitation To The Opposition In The Lok Sabha I.e. Lower House Of Parliament To Suggest Steps So As To Make Electoral Funding Cleaner And More Transparent.

PTI | Updated on: 30 Mar 2017, 05:54:48 PM
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi:

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday gave an "open invitation" to the opposition in the Lok Sabha i.e. lower house of Parliament to suggest steps so as to make electoral funding cleaner and more transparent.

"I have an open invitation to all, please suggest to me a better system which will ensure clean money and transparency to the extent possible," he said.     

Jaitley said although the opposition was opposing the provisions of the Finance bill related with electoral bonds, but they have not come out with a "single suggestion" to deal with the issue.     

"I am only hearing adjectives like it must be clean, it must be transparent. Please give me ideal combination of the two. We are willing to consider it. I will wait for a specific suggestion," he said while replying to a debate on amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha to the Finance Bill 2017. These were later rejected by the Lower House. 

Also Read: Parliament passes Finance Bill 2017 after Lok Sabha rejects amendments introduced by Rajya Sabha   

The Opposition accused the Government of running roughshod by opening doors for "political extortionism" and passing "draconian" provisions in the Finance Bill.     

Among the amendments approved by the Rajya Sabha and rejected by the Lok Sabha on Thursday was a provision to for a company to disclose the name of the political parties to which it has made contributions.

Also Read: GST: Why it took 17 long years for idea of 'One Nation One Tax' to become 'reality' in India 

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First Published : 30 Mar 2017, 05:41:00 PM

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