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Updated: November 3, 2011 02:15 IST

Nitish for right to recall legislators

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. File photo
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. File photo

But favours debate on ‘right to reject' demand

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar supports anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's demand for the electorate's ‘Right to recall' legislators in principle, he is more cautious about Mr. Hazare's ‘Right to reject' demand.

“A wider debate on this issue [right to reject] is required...only then will I be in any position to comment on it,” he told reporters journalists here.

Being a follower of socialist stalwart Jayaprakash Narayan, Mr. Kumar said he supported the right to recall in principle. Mr. Hazare's demands have generally found strong backing in Bihar with Mr. Kumar expressing his enthusiastic support for the anti-corruption crusader in the past. This is interesting as the two main parties, the Congress and the BJP, have expressed their discomfiture over Mr. Hazare's demands seeking electoral reform.

While Mr. Kumar's Janata Dal (United) has an alliance with the BJP in Bihar, JD(U)'s national president Sharad Yadav has denounced in Parliament Mr. Hazare's actions and views the ant-corruption activist in a different light.

The Chief Minister also saw no reason for a delay in the introduction of the Lokpal Bill during the coming winter session of Parliament, stating it had enough support inside and outside the House.

Mr. Kumar is to kick-off his own anti-corruption ‘Sewa Yatra' in the State from November 9. The three-month campaign across Bihar is being undertaken to assess the ground-level impact of development and anti-corruption schemes instituted by the State government.

'Right to recall' demanded by team Anna & 'none of the candidates' >suggested by the Election Commission are attractive in verbal sense. We have to evaluate their real merits in practical terms. Of the 120 crore population about 70 crore are the eligible voters and about 50 crore are the registered voters. But about 35 crore only exercise their 'right to vote'. The total votes polled by all the successful M.Ps put together will be around 15 to 18 crore only. Thus in a strict sense this 15 to 18 crore who have voted for the elected M.Ps alone may have a moral right to 'right to re call'. Those voted for defeated candidates put together with those not gone to polling booth. i.e. about 32 to 35 crore are already not in favour of the successful candidates. It is the reality what we experience under our 'representative democracy'. Hence a mere 'right to re call' without defining/identifying the eligibility to acquire such a right will result in misuse & anarchy only.

from:  Prof. N. Gunachandran
Posted on: Nov 3, 2011 at 12:27 IST

Anna Hazare's demand for electoral reforms and particularly regarding the Right To Recall which has been hitherto opposed by all political parties for obvious reasons,has finally found favor with the right person in Mr.Nitish Kumar.All these high flying politicos who swear by democracy know full well that a referendum on this issue will explode their myth that they have the people's mandate for indulging and engaging in all their shenanigans.They do not have the guts to go to the people on this matter.It is High Time that Anna Hazare jacks up his demand along with the Lokpal Bill and takes his struggle to fruition.Once the right is given to the people not only corruption will be contained within manageable levels but ensure that the ministers and parliamentarians and legislators will stop throwing their weight around and about but will truly be the SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Nov 3, 2011 at 06:24 IST
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