Anna Hazare pitches for 'Right to Reject'

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 18:46 hrs

New Delhi: Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday endorsed the need to 'Right to Reject' lawmakers to prevent hooligans and criminals from being elected to the Parliament.

Hazare said that there is no need to make a separate law regarding this.

"The law of 'Right to Reject' must be legislated to deter hooligans entering Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) and Lok Sabha, and also EVMs must have a button of 'right to reject' option in it. So, they have agreed that there is no need to make a separate law regarding this. The Law Minister can do this," he said.

Hazare also endorsed the view of having a totaliser machine to combine votes of every village or town to avoid any kind of discrepancy.

"Second, there should be a totaliser machine. The voting done by all the electorates should be combined and then counted. Each town and village's votes must not be calculated separately to avoid any discrepancy," he said.

Hazare earlier in the day reiterated his earlier stand that he was never keen to enter into the political battlefield, and said that he is not part of his former associate Arvind Kejriwal's newly-founded political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"I have said this right from the outset that I am not part of any political group or party and I maintain that stance even today. As for Arvind Kejriwal, I don't want to say anything," he told mediapersons here.

"I don't believe in politics. Had I any belief in politics then in my younger days, I would have participated in the village council elections, or the society elections or the district council elections," he added.

Hazare further warned that he would resort to another mass protest before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections if the government does not enact a strong and effective Lokpal Bill.

The Lokpal Bill became a rallying cry for Anna Hazare and his aides last year, when they called for the setting up of an institution to probe corruption in the Congress-led UPA Government.

In the 2011 Winter Session of Parliament, the Lok Sabha gave the bill its assent, but disruptions in Rajya Sabha proceedings saw the bill delayed.

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