Kolkata: The Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that the right to recall elected representatives and reject candidates as demanded by activist Anna Hazare was not feasible in a huge country like India.
Without naming Hazare, Mukherjee said "India is the largest functional democracy in the world with its over 122 crore population and each Lok Sabha MP has an average electorate of 15 lakh. Under such circumstances, I do not know whether such demand is feasible".
Mukherjee was addressing the panchayati raj conference organised by the West Bengal Pradesh Congress.
Soon after he had ended his 12-day fast on Lokpal issue, Hazare had said his fight would now be for Right to Recall and Right to Reject as part of electoral reforms so that corruption can be reduced.
First Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 15:25