Countermand RS polls will serve as deterrent: CEC
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 19:43
New Delhi: Rejecting criticism on countermanding of Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Saturday hoped it will work as a deterrent against use of money power in elections.

"We acted on complaints about use of money power in Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand and there was actionable evidence. We hope it (our action) works as a lesson and deterrent for political parties and their leaders not to indulge in such activities," Quraishi said.

He also expressed concern at Jharkhand getting the dubious reputation of being used by some for entering the Rajya Sabha with the use of money power and said this was unfortunate.

"It is unfortunate that the state is getting such a reputation. It is for the state to think about it as to why Jharkhand is becoming notorious for this (use of money power)," the Chief Election Commissioner said.

Quraishi said it was disturbing that the use of money power was being increasingly used in not just Lok Sabha elections, but also in the MLC and Vidhan Parishad polls and now the Rajya Sabha polls.

He said it is time leaders of political parties put their heads together and come out with a solution to this problem.

"Political leaders have to put their heads together and come out with a solution. We can't just be doing this (curbing use of money) with the help of police. There has to be something more to it," Quraishi said, adding that electoral reforms were much-required now.


First Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 19:43

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