On November 26, Mumbai was attacked by 10 heavily armed terrorists. They held two hotels and a residential area hostage for almost 60 hours. The three-day siege has put a question mark on our intelligence and our government. Why did we not take any precaution despite prior alerts by US agencies? Why is our government soft on terror while it claims it has clinching evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in Mumbai terror attack?
People throughout the country are seething with anger and insist that the time is ripe to have constitutional right to reject candidates standing for elections and recall those already elected if they are not performing their duties well. Yesterday we posted a story on our website and asked the surfers whether they wanted this right to recall and reject their representatives. We recieved huge response and an overwehleming number of them supported the idea of recal and reject.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a network of 1,200 partner organisations all over the country, plans to channel the public anger against politicians into a popular movement to press for the right to reject or recall candidates.
As an individual Charanjit Singh Rai from Hoshiarpur says the current lot of politicians governing us should be kicked out. He believes the Constitution should be amended to enable citizens to recall the elected representatives if their performance is unsatisfactory. RD Mathur from Gurgaon agrees and says if we want politicians answerable to us we must get this right to reject / recall them.
Sanjeev Mehta is also a strong votary of the right to recall our elected representatives. He says in our current democratic model it takes 5 years to correct any wrong choice made by the people. This is too long a period. Rakesh Prakash concurs and says if we find out that our MPs and MLAs are not working for our welfare, we should say goodbye, better luck next time.
While most of our surfers are supporting this legislation, Punit Gandhi from Mumbai has another solution. There has to be a review mechanism like all other corporate jobs - 6 month probation period, after which there should be a referendum to keep or kick out the elected representative and an independent agency to conduct yearly performance review and audits to keep a check on their actions.
Supporting Punit’s proposal, Sachin Shukhla from Lucknow says running a country should be treated like running an organisation. Perform or perish. Job security cannot be guaranteed for under performers.
Babita Garg from New Delhi says Indians should have a right to recall their representatives. There might be some misuse of such a provision but still it will be useful in keeping a check on the conduct of our MPs and MLAs as once elected, they will not be able to take the people for granted for five years.
Sudharshan Balasubramanyam from UAE also suggests that a MP, MLA or even PM and President should not be allowed to reign for more than two terms as it stops better people from entering the system.
Vikas Aggarwal from Bhatinda captures the true spirit of democracy. He says democracy is the government for the people, by the people and off the people, hence people should not only have the right to elect their representatives, but also to recall them if the need arises.