Poll reforms in three years, says Moily

3 Delhi workshops to trigger ideas for changes in electoral reforms

Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, Moily said the country had witnessed drastic political changes in the recent years. “As the nation is emerging as a new power in the world there is an urgent need for bringing about electoral reforms,” he asserted.

Moily said the Union government had planned to organise national workshops in three phases on comprehensive electoral reforms. The first workshop will be held in New Delhi in June. Political figures, journalists and academicians will be brought together on a single platform to seek their ideas on electoral reform.

The Union Minister said caste, money and nepotism will distort parliamentary democracy. Increasing malpractices during elections had eroded people’s faith in democracy. Hence, it was inevitable to find remedies to strengthen and promote healthy democracy. He urged national political parties to join hands with the Central government and make India the best parliamentary democracy.

Replying to questions, Moily said a positive outlook was essential to bring about essential change in the system.

Mindset change needed

“People cannot change their mindset unless the system is changed. Therefore, electoral reforms should be brought about and implemented thereby bringing about change in the system,” he observed.

On the Centre’s decision to set up Mahadayi tribunal, he said the Union government will hold discussions with both the governments of Karnataka and Goa to resolve the drinking water dispute. However, the tribunal will function as per the set guidelines. He called upon intellectuals and political leaders to attend the tribunal’s sittings and give their suggestions to help evolve a consensual and logical solution for the problem.

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