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MP CM Chouhan advocates state funding for polls

Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 12:54

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has strongly advocated state
funding of elections as he believed that they were the main
cause for corruption in the country.

The Chief Minister also said
that he was firmly in favour of holding simultaneous elections
for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Chouhan said that frequent elections not only effect
development works but also lead to spread in corruption which
can be controlled only by reducing their frequency.

At the time of elections, all political parties
including the Congress and BJP have to depend on donations
which do not come from the common man but from prominent
industrialists and really rich persons, he said.

"It was natural that those who give donations exert
pressure on the government to protect their interests," the
Chief Minister said.

Barring a few examples, most of the donations were
made with black money and this led to increase in corruption,
he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 12:54
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