CPIML Bihar State Secretary Kunal said in a statement on 7 January 2022 that the Election Commission's decision to increase the expenditure limit in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections is unjustified and will further increase the impact of money power in elections. Even as it is, the play of money power in elections has increased in recent times. Millionaires have increased their participation in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas on the strength of money power. This decision by the EC will give money power further impetus.
CPIML demands that the EC should reconsider and revoke this decision as it is detrimental to democracy. Extending the expenditure limit will make it practically impossible for the common citizens to fight elections.
The Bihar government's decision to have direct election for Mayor and Deputy Mayor is also wrong as it will narrow the scope of democracy in municipal elections. Bringing a no-confidence resolution against them is also not possible. Local body elections have already been pushed into blatant opportunism by making them independent (non-party). This is a conspiracy to impose the Presidential system in the country and we oppose this.