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Private bill in LS to recall MPs, MLAs for non-performance

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: MPs and MLAs should be recalled within two years from being elected if 75 per cent of those who voted for them are not satisfied with their performance, according to a bill moved by BJP MP Varun Gandhi.
“Logic and justice necessitate that if the people have the power to elect their representatives, they should also have the power to remove these representatives when they engage in misdeeds or fail to fulfil the duties,” Varun said.
Stating that the countries all over the world have experimented with the concept of Right to Recall, the Lok Sabha MP has proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
As per the legislation, recalling process can be initiated by any voter of the constituency by filing a petition before the Speaker, signed by at least one-fourth of the total number of electors in that constituency.
After confirming its authenticity, the Speaker will move the application to the Election Commission for its verification and authentication of the voters’ signatures on it.
The Commission will verify the signatures on it and will organise the voting on 10 places in the respective constituency of MP or MLA, it says.
If three-fourth of the votes that member was polled in his election, go in favour of the recall process, the member will be recalled, the bill proposes. (PTI)


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