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Parliament ‘crorepati club’: CPI demands proportional system

CPI says a proportional system was needed to curb money and muscle power.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2012 8:02:40 pm

Describing present Parliament as a “crorepati club”,CPI today demanded electoral reforms and said a proportional system was needed to curb money and muscle power and enable minorities to be properly represented.

Releasing the draft party programme,top CPI leader A B Bardhan said the present Parliamentary system operates in a capitalist society and it has certain limits and distorted by big money and muscle power.

“353 out of 543 MPs in Lok Sabha are crorepatis,making our Parliament a crorepati club. I don’t think the crorepati MPs really reflect the aspirations of downtrodden people,” he told a press conference.

Noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had repeatedly talked about inclusive growth,he said it was a “confession that growth has not been inclusive”.

Referring to the electoral reforms,the draft document,which was presented in CPI Party Congress,said there was an “urgent need” for electoral reforms if Parliamentary democracy is to truly reflect the verdict of the people.

“While steps have to be taken to debar criminals from contesting and entering Parliament,the present defective ‘First Past The Post’ system has to be replaced by a system of proportional representation,” the draft said.

It said the elections have shown that candidates who garner even less than ten per cent of votes in a constituency can with the seat. “This enables parties or coalition to rule the country with a minority of votes but a majority of seats.”

In the 2009 general elections,145 out of 543 MPs won with less than 20 per cent votes.

“In fact only 12 countries follow the First Past the Post system copying it from British electoral practice. The proportional system will curb money power,enable minorities to be properly represented and correctly reflect political and social features of the country,” it said.

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