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Convert NOTA to Right-To-Reject

The thumping margin of over 40,000 votes with which TTV Dhinakaran won the prestigious RK Nagar seat of Tamil Nadu state-assembly once held by his mentor J Jayalalithaa defeating candidates of all the political parties, prove that Tamil Nadu-politics was and will always remain personality-based rather than dominated by political parties.

Such a huge victory-margin with all large and small political parties opposed to winning candidate Dhinakaran, has further established that voters cannot be influenced through bribes, which was the basis for cancelling by-polls earlier scheduled to be held in April, 2017.

The result should make political parties realise to field candidates according to choice of people rather than imposed by the party-bosses. Increased vote-share of NOTA even more than what world’s largest political party BJP got in the by-polls further proves that people are fed up with working of political parties. It is time that NOTA may be converted with Right-To-Reject (with riders) where re-election may be held in case NOTA getting maximum votes with all those getting less than NOTA may be barred from contesting any election in life-time. However, NOTA-button may be disabled in re-election caused by NOTA winning to avoid chain of re-elections. Careful choice of candidates may never allow NOTA winning.

Madhu Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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