Prime Minister Narendra Modi, building upon BJP’s promise to initiate the process of eliminating criminals from electoral process, committed to Parliament in his maiden speech that his government would fast-track cases against the politicians. He further added that all such cases would be resolved in one year itself.
Three years since the commitment was made, the cases against sitting MPs and MLAs remain unresolved. The government had attempted to fast-track cases against politicians but the Supreme Court declined observing, “There is a demand by you (government) that criminal trials involving MPs should be fast-tracked. Institutionalised fast-track courts are no longer in place… within the existing system, it may not be possible to fast-track all kinds of cases”.
However, the government was asked by the Court to prepare detailed blue print to improve the pace of resolution of cases. It is worth noting down that the Supreme Court declined to fast-track court cases against politicians citing limitations under the current framework. The government was free to institute more courts, pass legislations in this regard or adopt any mechanism that leads to quicker resolution of cases.
No steps have been taken thus far by Modi Government to eliminate criminals from electoral exercise. On the contrary, 31% of BJP Government Ministers have criminal cases against them. 18% face serious criminal charges such as attempt to murder, murder, rape, kidnapping and crime against women.
Since no action has been initiated by BJP government in this regard despite the timeline of 1 year prescribed by the Prime Minister, the performance of the government against this promise has been classified as “Broken”
P.S.: Initially the status of the promise was classified as “Yet To Start” since we missed out on the fact that the Prime Minister prescribed a timeline for the fulfillment of this promise. In the absence of timeline, the promise would have remained in “Yet to Start” category since a democratically elected government deserves the full tenure to fulfill its promises. However, a very informed reader drew our attention to this lapse of ours. In the light of fact of timeline pointed out to us, we are classifying it as “Broken” so long the promise is fulfilled post which it will be classified as “Fulfilled”. This is in alignment to our guidelines used for categorisation which can be read here.