Addressing Political Corruption - Inputs needed

The nation is watching Maharashtra and seeing how every political party is keen to come in power. Political Corruption is one of the leading form of corruption in India and is one of the primary reasons why citizens face corruption in their daily lives. Below are the key Root Causes and Issues for Political Corruption as highlighted by you. Kindly review and help identify specific solutions that will help address these issues.

We know it is not easy but this is an issue that must be addressed.

We look forward to your inputs!
Transparency International India

Political Corruption - Root Causes

1.Politics is treated as a trade in our country
2.Election campaigning is a costly game and needs a quite a bit of money
3.Candidates try to buy votes
4.Businessmen think if their candidate wins, he will make it easy for them to earn more money
5.Candidates once elected, try to rake in money that they had spent on their election campaigning
6.Businessmen look at what they are getting in return before donating to a party/candidate
7.Politicians try to earn as much as possible till the time they are in power
8.Politicians have a high level of authority which allows them to direct the Government funds to their personal use
9.Most of the people come to Politics with a motive to make gain out of the Powers of Office but not to serve the people
10.Most of the people who stand for MLA/MP elections are non-professionals and they only have cash (in many cases black or bribe money) available to deploy in election
11.Politicians need lots of money for elections because they disconnect with citizens after getting elected and focus on money making instead of delivering
12.The country does not have a structured system for raising election funded to the extent it is needed
13.Elections are not Government funded as in some countries
14.There is a lack of transparency and accountability in the working of the politicians and therefore acts like extortion of business for bribes by elected politicians stay under covers.

Issues related to Political Corruption

1.Political parties select candidates based on their financial strength
2.Candidates give money to the poor people in return for votes
3.Candidates ask businesses to invest in their election campaigns and promise to return favors when elected
4.Honest candidates are never able to contest elections as they cannot afford to spend that much money
5.As soon as they get elected, they start earning huge amounts through illegal means and their assets sky rocket
6.Most collection of political funds from local Entrepreneurs/SMEs happens in cash in exchange for permissions/approvals to business people
7.High level politicians take huge bribes to help private companies get Government tenders
8.Cash via bribes is used both for a politicians personal earnings, funds for them to fight next election as well as contribution to election/party funding
9.NGOs and relatives/friends companies are used to divert Government funds back to the politician
10.No political party is interested in eradicating the evil. more  

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We should stand against corruption, like a wanderer, that till Rahi walks the path we should stand against corruption in the same way.
I think I would have known some way where
Or if there was a contact method, I could have written or spoken against some corruption.
I believe it is ........ more  
The only thing to stop or reduce corruption is non-interference of politicians in administrative areas/services. System in our country is that politicians are given more power and importance than they should have which leads to interference and corruption. Let there be a federal structure for all administrative services. These politicians control even the transfers of administrative staff! more  
Every elected politician needs to take oath on daily basis. So that inner sence of politician will act against currupt mind. more  
Once elected, politicians misuse power to accumulate wealth and switch over loyalty to supports the party which people have rejected
To put a check on their elected representatives, Centre should pass Right to recall Bill more  
Governer is playing in the hand of political parties, it is shame and leads to corruption

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