PIL in SC for breath anal­y­sers at polling booths

The Hitavada - - NATION -

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seek­ing in­stal­la­tion of breath anal­y­sers and other de­vices at polling booths to pre­vent peo­ple from cast­ing votes un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

The pe­ti­tion, which has made the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion and the Cen­tre as par­ties, has been filed by Kethireddy Ja­gadeeswar Reddy, a so­cial ac­tivist and pres­i­dent of NGO Tamil­nad Tel­ugu Yuva Sak­thi, Chen­nai and is likely to come up for hear­ing next week. It said that in­stal­la­tion of such de­vices is “im­per­a­tive” for con­duct­ing “free and fair” elec­tion and the con­duct of fair poll is be­ing “hin­dered by the per­va­sive ex­ploita­tion of al­co­holism” at the in­stance of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

It fur­ther said the dis­tri­bu­tion of al­co­hol as a bribe to ma­nip­u­late vot­ers is a phe­nom­e­non that has been widely re­ported and the ju­di­cial in­ter­ven­tion is needed to en­sure free and fair poll which is the hall­mark of a democ­racy.

“Al­co­hol and other in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stances are dis­trib­uted on a large scale among vot­ers dur­ing elec­tion time as a means to gar­ner their favour and vote. De­spite man­i­fold ef­forts to curb this prac­tice, liquor pol­i­tics con­tin­ues to be a ram­pant phe­nom­e­non that threat­ens the very tenets if free and fair elec­tion,” the plea said.

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Ash­winiU pad­hay, who has filed al­most 50 PILs in the Supreme Court and High Courts on is­sues such as elec­toral re­forms and polygamy among Mus­lims, has also made a sep­a­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion with the PM’s Of­fice seek­ing direc­tions to make two-child pol­icy manda­tory for con­test­ing elec­tions, form­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties and hold­ing of­fices in them.

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