BJP chief to meet PM, Sonia to discuss electoral reforms

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 22:27

Nagpur: BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said
he will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
President Sonia Gandhi to discuss electoral reforms, including
compulsory voting and negative voting.

He said he would also request for an all-party meeting to
discuss the issues related to electoral reforms and also meet
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

At a `Meet The Press` programme here today, the new
National president of BJP said that besides the right to
recall and negative voting, issues like compulsory voting and
the use of EVM`s also ought to be discussed threadbare,
especially since doubts have been expressed on the reliability
of EVM`s.

"Narendra Modi government in Gujarat has taken the lead
in electoral reforms by making voting compulsory in civic
body elections. It is a welcome step and all states should
follow it. However, I do not want this matter to be
politicised and to be treated as an issue of the BJP alone,"
Gadkari pointed out.

Asserting that any reform should aim at making the
electoral process free of the influence of cash, caste and
criminals, Gadkari said that BJP would shortly form a study
group to examine the subject.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 22:27

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