West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that in the coming 100 days, more than 1000 party workers will go to villages and listen to issues of people.
She further said that not all parties are rich like the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“My party is very poor and therefore I speak on electoral reforms,” Mamata said.
On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to call an all-party meeting on holding future elections through state funding, saying it was one of the most urgently required electoral reforms in the country.
Noting that state funding of elections is currently the norm in 65 highly developed countries like Germany, Italy, France and Japan, Banerjee said it is also required in India to make the elections “free, fair and transparent”.
“The issue is broadly of electoral reforms and especially 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.
“Given the examples across the world on Direct Public Funding of political parties and given that India has gained notoriety of having spent the largest amount of funds in the world in elections 2019… I urge you to call an all-party meeting with a single agenda of Government funding of elections in India,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, Mamata called for a high-powered inquiry into the Unnao accident in which a rape survivor was severely injured while two of her aunts were killed after their car collided with a truck near Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.