Ok if people with criminal background contest poll: Maya
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 17:47
  
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 been framed.

"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 in elections.

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".

PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 17:47


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