Indian citizens will for the first time get the right to reject candidates contesting an election thanks to a Supreme Court (SC) ruling on Friday.
Predictably, devoted, and indifferent voters alike, couldn't help but take to social media to express their opinion on the landmark judgement.
Expressing joy at the prospects of getting to show they do not approve of a candidate, Twitter and Facebook users, in particular, thronged the cyber space- some were excited, others confused.
Applauding the SC judgement that seeks to provide a 'None Of The Above' (NOTA) option at the end of the list of candidates in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers, Facebook user Vishal Mahawar said that this would help create a fear among corrupt leaders.
Like many others, another Facebook user Vimal Pratap Singh said the 'right to reject' would encourage wide participation. More people would now turn up simply to reject candidates, which would make both the voters and the politicians take elections seriously.
Let's as voters welcome and thank SC collectively for fast tracking electoral reforms.This matter was of EC too pending for long! Jai hind— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) September 27, 2013
a welcoming decision from supreme court.democracy gives u #RightToReject— Anshuman Negi (@negi_anshuman) September 27, 2013
SC deserves our salutes for decisions on #RightToReject , Tainted leaders and Parties under RTI ...and middle finger salutes to all MPs— Er. Atul Gorakhpuri (@beingatuls) September 27, 2013
A golden day in the History of Indian Democracy. Thank You Hon'ble SC. #RightToReject Woohooooo— Weera (@MsWeera) September 27, 2013
#RightToReject It will help to clean system bt also put election process in mess, most of the ppl will go to booth for rejecting than voting
— QueenBee ? (@vaidehisachin) September 27, 2013
Now no one will have the excuse "sab ek hi toh hain" ..... say YES to #RightToReject
— Siddharth (@SeeingAhead) September 27, 2013
Member of Parliament from Odisha, Baijayant Jay Panda too said on Twitter he was pleased at the move.
He said: "I welcome this judgement. Candidates who have engaged their constituents won't have a problem with this."
But, he wasn't the only politician to give a positive response.
Hon'ble Supreme Court verdict on #RightToReject is a welcome move. This paves way towards clean politics.— G Kishan Reddy, MLA (@kishanreddybjp) September 27, 2013
While the majority welcomed the possibility of the 'right to reject' becoming a reality, many were not quite sure what it would actually mean?
— Harvinder Pal Singh (@theharvinder) September 27, 2013