There is a lot of discussion about de-criminalisation of politics. By “de-criminalization” of politics, intellectuals mean that political parties should not give seats to those convicted of or alleged to be involved in crimes, to contest parliamentary, assembly or any local body election. The intellectuals also want these people to be expelled from their parties. While there can be no two opinions on the political parties not harboring criminals, it should be borne in mind that:
- There are possibilities and several instances of a person who committed a crime some time ago repenting for his misdeed , becoming a good person and leading saintly life
- There is no guarantee that a person who has not committed any crime till today, will not commit crime, in future
The main criterion for admitting people into the party and giving seats to contest elections, should be their interest and ability to serve the people.