Varun Gandhi wants bill to recall MPs and MLAs

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BJP's member of Parliament from Sultanpur, Varun Gandhi, on Wednesday announced that he proposes an amendment to Representation of People's amendment bill. He claimed that it would allow people to recall an elected representatives. He took to twitter to announce his proposal. "I propose a representation of the People's Amendment Bill to Recall MPs and MLAs, where the majority of the electorate do not deem them fit to represent them adequately anymore -- for reasons moral or material," (sic) he tweeted.

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The demand for 'recall' has been around for years and was highlighted during the India against corruption movement led by Anna Hazare. "We at had made two demands during the India against corruption movement. One to give the people the power to recall a representative and another to have a 'none of the above' option during ballot. While the NOTA was implemented, the option to disqualify an elected representative was not in law. This is a welcome move by a parliamentarian. Glad that a proposal has been made. The parameters, however, have to be fixed. A personal opinion can't be reason enough to decide non-performance. Reasons and acts need to be justified before it can be decided if a people's representative is fit to be disqualified," said Justice Santosh Hegde.

He also highlighted that public discourse is required to decide on the parameters and how the same can be implemented if the bill is passed.

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