Hyderabad, Jan 9 : Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday hoped that some effective measures will be put in place before the country begins to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022, to checkmate the role of money power.
After inaugurating the two-day conference on ‘Money Power in Politics’ organised by the Foundation for Democratic Reforms , Bharat Institute of Public Policy and the University of Hyderabad at ISB here, Naidu urged the citizens to choose their representatives based on ‘character, conduct, calibre and capacity’ and not to be guided by ‘cash, caste, community and criminal prowess’ of the candidates.
Expressing serious concern over rising money power eroding the credibility of the country’s democratic polity, he called for effective laws in Parliament in quick time and simultaneous polls to check the menace.
He said it is a reality that a millionaire has much better chances of becoming an MP or an MLA at the cost of the honest and more deserving low income Indians and referred to the assets of 475 members of the present Lok Sabha accounting for 88 per cent of the 533 members whose declared assets were examined which is being in several crores. (UNI)