Political parties in the country including the ruling BJP, Congress and AAP have been asked by the Center to submit details about their overseas funding sources. The official communication regarding the same has been sent separately to all these parties by the Ministry of Home Affairs. As per the communication, these parties are required to provide all the details related to their sources of funding, which would include funds received from abroad and from foreign business enterprises.
The government said that this was a routine communication that is sent to political parties every year. It is done to ensure that the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) are not violated. The government has made it clear that it is not a show cause notice and action may be taken only based on the replies provided by the political parties. However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the communication was a political witch hunt and a development that is very dangerous for democracy.
An official statement released by AAP read, “It is a clear case of political witch hunt. All the agencies at the Centre’s disposal have been unleashed against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its government in Delhi and its ministers, which is very dangerous for democracy.”