Making party bosses give up their powers
Opacity in political financing, fear of party fragmentation, dynastic succession, and lack of intra-party democracy are all mutually reinforcing variables
Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Diwali Milan event on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a debate on levels of intra-party democracy in different political parties in India. He also stressed that the quality of a democracy ultimately depends on internal democracy (or the lack of it) in political parties. This is certainly a welcome call but one should begin by assessing the importance of intra-party democracy in the success of a democracy. In its 170th report in 1999, the Law Commission of India underscored the importance of intra-party democracy by arguing that a political party cannot be a “dictatorship internally and democratic in its functioning outside".
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