West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to call an all-party meeting on public funding of elections. The letter has expressed Banerjee’s concern over reports of high expenses in this year's Lok Sabha polls.
"The issue is broadly of electoral reforms and specifically to prevent corruption and criminality in our democratic polity. The time has come for government funding of elections which is the norm today in 65 countries in the world," The Trinamool Congress chief wrote in her letter to the prime minister.
"I urge you to call an all-party meeting with the single agenda of public funding of elections in India, with an objective of rooting out corruption," Banerjee wrote.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over electoral reforms and funding pic.twitter.com/3Kb20lxbgW— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2019
Earlier too, the Trinamool Congress had raised the issue of high poll expenses in its 2014 and 2019 election manifestos.