New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday praised
the Election Commission`s "landmark" decision to cancel
Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls and said the move would go a long
way in preventing moneybags with no political support from
jumping into poll fray.
Advani also sough to refocus on an NDA amendment in The
Representation of the People Act in 2003 to make Rajya Sabha
poll more open and said the EC decision together with its
amendment would ensure that money power would no longer matter
in polling to the Council of States.
"I think the Election Commission deserves special
compliments for the order it has issued," Advani wrote on his
blog today, while giving kudos to Chief Election Commissioner
S Y Quraishi for scrapping this year`s Rajya Sabha elections
He said, "I hold that today’s decision of the Election
Commissioner based on reasonably credible apprehensions is a
landmark decision. Together with the NDA amendment of 2003,
and today`s precedent, moneybags with no political support
would think thousand times before jumping into the fray."
The BJP leader also cited electoral reforms and clean
elections in Britain where Parliament seats "were once sold"
and said "history of electoral reforms in Britain should help
dispel the general cynicism prevalent in India that there is
no real remedy for the growing influence of money power in
Advani`s compliments to EC come despite Jharkhand BJP`s
criticism of the poll body questioning it for being
"overactive this time". BJP`s Jharkhand affairs in-charge,
Harendra Pratap Singh had said that EC "should not work under
pressure from the Congress".
"EC is overactive this time. Where was it on previous
occasions when there was horse-trading by independents to get
into the upper house?" Singh said in Ranchi yesterday.