Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday countered Chief Election Commissoner SY Quraishi`s view that candidates with criminal background should be barred from contesting, saying nobody should be prevented from becoming a
candidate without conviction as such a provision in law could be misused.
She also expressed opposition to the idea of Quraishi
that state funding of elections is "dangerous" and said, "All
government expenses should be borne by the Centre and it will
lead to free and fair elections and also prevent
criminalisation of politics".
The Chief Minister said, "I am of the view that without
conviction (by a court) no one should be barred from
contesting polls as the provision can be misused. Before
enacting such a provision, it should be kept in mind that it
could be misused," Mayawati said while addressing a seminar on
`Regional Consultation for Electoral Reforms` here.
While, Quraishi said that he is in favour of debarring
candidates from contesting polls against whom charges have
"After a person is imprisoned his rights of movement,
freedom and earning is not allowed. Why can`t we then bar
criminals for contesting elections, which is not even a
fundamental right", Quraishi said.
Terming idea of state funding of elections as
"dangerous", the CEC said it would lead government expenditure
while at the same time there will be spending of illegal money
Mayawati, however, favoured the idea of state funding
saying, "All government expenses should be borne by the
Centre and it will lead to free and fair elections and also
prevent criminalisation of politics".