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Rahul Gandhi should support CIC verdict on political parties
The first-ever formal interview of its kind of the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi by news channel Times Now has created a sort of records of several types especially relating to social media.

This interview has been amongst the rare interviews which have been given equal high-level importance even by competing rival media including print and electronic, invoking provoked discussions on various aspects covered in the interview.

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Apart from controversies regarding a comparision between riots of 1984 and 2002, and of avoiding a direct debate with BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narender Modi, Rahul Gandhi seemed confused on the question of whether political parties should be brought under RTI Act, when he said that judiciary and press are not under RTI.

Judiciary is already under RTI Act, and a particular section of press can be pursued for being under RTI Act by any concerned citizen if he so desires in case he/she is able to establish that a particular media-group is directly or indirectly funded by the government.

His repeated emphasis that RTI Act being a significant achievement of UPA government and also for establishing internal democracy in functioning of political parties even including in respect of choice of candidates rather require his practical approach for an announcement for avoiding any legislation for amendment in RTI Act to negate the CIC-verdict on political parties, in the manner he made Union government cancel idea of bringing ordinance to negate Supreme Court verdict on candidates with criminal background.



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