Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Saturday dismissed the recently introduced None Of The Above (NOTA) voting option as a waste of time. Sankaranarayanan made those remarks while addressing the audience at the Mumbai Press Club Red Ink Awards at the National Center for Performing Arts in Nariman Point.
“NOTA is a waste of time. In democracy, there is no place for NOTA. What is this nonsense… NOTA is the same as not going to vote,” he said.
Sankaranarayanan added that he wished to speak further on the subject but that the office of the governor restricted him from doing so. Nearly 60 lakh voters, or 1.1% of eligible voters chose the NOTA option in the elections.
The governor was the chief guest at the awards ceremony, where prizes were presented by new Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. Veteran journalist Mrinal Pande was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The evening began with a lively debate on the coverage of the just concluded elections moderated by Star India CEO Uday Shankar, and with veteran journalist Kumar Ketkar, Times Now Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami and CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai and Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman & National Creative Director Ogilvy & Mather India on the panel.