Left parties call for electoral reforms
The Left parties in the Union Territory today demanded certain reforms in the election system of the country.
Addressing a press conference here on behalf of the Left parties, CPI Pondy unit Secretary R Viswanathan said as far as the Left parties are concerned, victory or defeat at the hustings is not a matter of concern and it is concerned for peoples welfare.
He said the AIUNRC, which won the Lok Sabha elections, secured only 35 per cent votes and 65 per cent cast their votes against the party. When Indrajit Gupta was the Union Home Minister, he had stated that elections should be on percentage basis and then only money and liquor influence in the elections be averted.
Mr Viswanathan said the Left parties would discuss and strive to find a solution to issues like financial crisis, statehood, waiver of loan dues and industrial development.
He said the provison of 'NOTA' should be scrapped since a section who do not want to exercise their franchise would affect democracy.
A large number of voters in Puducherry had preferred NOTA. This would put a question mark against the conduct of elections. A good candidate should be selected, he added.
Leaders of CPI(M), Forward Block and RSP also attended the meet.
(Posted on 17-05-2014)