PMO urged to set eligibility criteria for poll candidates
New Delhi: A lawyer and BJP leader has written to the Prime Minister and the Election Commission seeking direction to fix graduation as the minimum educational qualification and 70 years as the maximum age limit for contesting parliamentary and state assembly polls.
Ashwini Upadhay, 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 Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking directions to make two-child policy mandatory for contesting elections, forming political parties and holding offices in them.
The lawyer has further sought directions to make the two-child policy mandatory for applying for government jobs, receiving aids and financial subsidies.
The representation on fixing the qualification and age limit for contesting polls said that they were not only necessary to fulfil the dreams of the Constitution makers and the citizens but also essential to ensure free and fair election.
It further said that to perform
the defined roles and responsibilities “successfully and efficiently”, legislators should not only be “physically and mentally fit” but also have good knowledge of the Constitution, economics, sociology and public administration. It also cited that legislators have a very important role in federal political system and in the lawmaking process.
Lawyer Ashwini Upadhay