The government on Monday said activist Anna Hazare’s demand for the rights to reject and recall elected representatives would be discussed soon at an all-party meeting on electoral reforms.
Law minister Salman Khurshid said though chief election commissioner SY Quraishi had said these rights would destabilise the country, the government “will be happy to put it up for all-party consultations.”
But he said, “We have a very strong lobby that is questioning us on the need to introduce the right to reject.”
Khurshid’s comments were followed by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who came out in open in support of Team Anna’s demand for the right to recall elected representatives.
“We’re always with the demand for the right to recall… Let all possible ways be explored constitutionally by way of amendments for this,” Kumar said in Patna.Khurshid said for recalling an MP in a constituency that had more than 15 lakh voters, signatures from 1 lakh or 50,000 people would have to be collected before getting them authenticated. He said the law ministry had prepared a note on the subject. "We will be happy to initiate political discussions on the issue."
Team Anna member justice Santosh Hegde demanded a debate on the electoral reforms, especially on the reasons why the election commission was opposed to their proposals.
Quraishi, who opposed Team Anna’s demands on Sunday, however, told the Hindustan Times on Monday that he was willing to discuss the issue.
“The election commission’s long term view is based on a logical argument. But I am ready to discuss and understand the views of Team Anna,” he said.
He said his meeting with team Anna was expected to take place by the month-end. “Maybe they have some ideas which can take the electoral reforms process ahead.”
(With inputs from Patna)