Calling the SC Verdict on electoral bonds a ‘shameful loss for the BJP', BSP Supremo Mayawati on Friday has lashed out at her opponent party saying that now they would have to reveal their ‘shady’ sources of poll funding through electoral bonds.
She tweeted saying:
“Post the Rafale deal probe, the Supreme Court has given PM Modi’s government a huge shock regarding poll funding which has been a shameful loss for the BJP. The BJP will now have to inform the Election Commission how much money they have received from big industrialists/questionable rich people (dhannaseth) through electoral bonds.”
She continued to attack the BJP by asking it questions over its expenses:
“Instead of sitting wrapped around in blankets and drinking ghee, the BJP will have to reveal to the EC which industrialists/rich person is funding them through electoral bonds. They will also have to tell the secret about the wealth in their election campaigns along with their huge expenses and their rich tastes, “she wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, in its interim verdict over electoral bonds, the Supreme Court had ordered all political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit details of said donations in a sealed cover to the Election Commission of India (ECI) by May 30, 2019.
The Supreme Court has called the issue of electoral bonds, a ‘weighty’ issue having 'tremendous bearing on the election process'. It also said it was the court's responsibility to ensure that any interim arrangement should not tilt the balance in favour of any party. These covers are to remain in custody of the ECI. The Finance Ministry has been directed to reduce the window of purchasing electoral bonds from 10 days to five in April-May.
This interim order was in response to the PIL filed by NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) which has challenged the validity of the scheme, has sought interim relief including that either the issuance of electoral bonds be stayed or the names of the donors made public to ensure transparency in the poll process.