Advani says right to recall may destabilise structure

Advani says right to recall may destabilise structure

"I am inclined to agree with the Chief Election Commissioner that in a country as vast as ours, it (Right to Recall) may have consequences which may destabilise the whole structure," he told reporters here today.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi had recently said that the Right to Recall could destabilise the country.

Advani also said nowhere in the world had such a measure been enforced.

"Therefore, it is not surprising that nowhere in the world except in one small country somewhere, has the Right to Recall been accepted," he said.

Team Anna has been vigorously campaigning in favour of Right to Recall which has not found favour with the Election Commission of India as well.

Advani, however, favoured electoral reforms in the country especially measures that could help stop use of blackmoney in elections and criminalisation of politics.

He said the BJP had been in the forefront in seeking electoral reforms and said his party colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee had raised the issue of electoral reforms way back in 1970 and forced Parliament to set up a Joint Committee on the issue.

Advani said, "We are keen to see whatever is needs to be done about electoral reforms is expedited. There is no doubt that electoral reforms, if effectively implemented, can deal with the role of money power in elections which is bound to curb corruption."

Alleging extensive use of black money in elections in the country the BJP leader said, "I also believe that the issue of black money and elections are interlinked. If you want to deal with corruption in the country, the issue of electoral reforms must be addressed," he said.