PMO urged to set el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for poll can­di­dates

DNA (Delhi) - - STATE OF POLLS -

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

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