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Modi advocates for Right to Reject

Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advocated for electoral reforms including introduction of Right to Reject and compulsory voting, saying these measures would bring good people to politics.

Speaking at 'Young Indian Leaders Conclave', he said his government had introduced a bill on compulsory voting in local bodies which also provides for right to reject.

"Electoral reforms like compulsory voting and right to reject are necessary for bringing good people to politics," Modi said addressing around 150 young professionals.

"At present the voters have to select from a candidate put up by the party irrespective of his background. But if right to reject is given, they can reject all candidates,” he said.

"Political parties, fearing the rejection, will be forced to give tickets to good people which will bring good people to the politics," Modi said, responding to questions on how the Indian democracy can be improved.

However, "sadly" Gujarat Governor (Dr Kamla) had not given assent to this bill, he added. He also mentioned that Gujarat had introduced online voting in local bodies.

(Agencies)

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