BJP chief to meet PM, Sonia to discuss electoral reforms
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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.


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

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