Cleansing politics is a dire need indeed. Data compiled from the affidavits of 5,380 candidates by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms show that 880 candidatesthats a little over 16%have criminal charges pending against them while 550 face serious criminal charges. In March, just before poll fervour picked up, the Supreme Court provided some much-required impetus by setting a deadlineone year from the framing of chargesfor the completion of trial of MPs and MLAs. So far, most political parties seem years away from withdrawing cover to members with criminal recordsif at all, the case seems to be just the opposite. And criminal cases havent deterred parties from appointing these MPs and MLAs as ministers. Were Modis plan to be put in place, Indias politics could soon be a cleaner place.