BJP forms election reforms committee

BJP president Nitin Gadkari Tuesday announced the formation of an election reforms committee of the party which will focus on issues like EVMs, criminalisation of politics and other concerns.

New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari Tuesday announced the formation of an election reforms committee of the
party which will focus on issues like EVMs, criminalisation of
politics and other concerns.

Party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the
convenor of the committee.

"The election reforms committee of BJP will look into all
issues regarding electoral reforms. These will be conveyed to
the government and the Election Commission," Naqvi said.

He said the committee will prepare reports on important
electoral issues and submit them to the government and the EC.

"The committee will work mainly under the guidance of
senior party leader LK Advani," Naqvi said.

Members of the committee include party general secretary
Thawar Chand Gehlot, secretary Kirit Somaiya, former BJP Uttar
Pradesh unit chief Ramapati Ram Tripathi, Satyapal Jain,
Bhanwari Lal Purohit, GVL Narasimha Rao and Ramakrishna.

Other major issues which the committee would work on
include the socio-geographic-political changes in the profile
of constituencies after delimitation, increasing use of money
and muscle power, state funding of elections and increasing
the deposit money of candidates to discourage non-serious
contestants.

"The committee will also travel to states and get
feedback from the people," Naqvi said.

A special area of attention will be the Women`s
Reservation Bill, which BJP supported and helped pass in Rajya
Sabha. The party will try to build further support for the
proposed legislation in the Lok Sabha.

PTI

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