Poll reforms after Assembly elections: Khurshid

Last Updated: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 21:46

New Delhi: Declaring that the government is
committed to decriminalising the electoral system, Law
Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said far-reaching electoral
reforms are on the anvil after the coming Assembly polls.

"The Chief Election Commissioner is asking the
government to step in to clean up the system....We will do as
soon as the elections in five states are over", he told
reporters.

He said the Government was committed to decriminalising
the system at a time when Indian politics is passing through a
"difficult times".

Noting that the government was so far "preoccupied" with
the Lokpal Bill, Khurshid hoped that Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh would get the support of all in the task of electoral
reforms.

The minister`s statement comes close on the heels of the
Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi`s remarks that
government may not have been able to table a bill on electoral
reforms in the just-concluded session of Parliament, due to
its pre-occupation with other issues he expected the law
ministry to keep its promise in the next session.

On the controversy over the admission of controversial
former U P Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha by the BJP, he said
that the Congress was doing its best to try to avoid any such
mistakes.

"Given the ground realities, it is an absolute minefield
there. We are doing our best that we do not step on a
minefield".

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 21:46

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