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Mysuru: ‘Vote is precious, should not be sold’

Mysuru: 'Vote is precious, should not be sold’
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Mysuru: Youth should be the guardians of the democratic system said Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri. He said that every voter should vote according to the principle that their vote is not for sale, only then it will be possible to improve the election system.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the action programme on the need for reforms of the election system on Thursday January 19, he said, Mysuru is a famous historical place. Basavanna’s experience laid the foundation of the people’s government for the whole world. He said that in 1881, the Maharaja of Mysuru laid the foundation for democracy.

He said it has been 75 years since we got independence. The achievements of freedom fighters in bringing freedom are immense. When we got independence, we had a food shortage. Food was brought from abroad. But, today we have achieved food self-sufficiency. The reason for this is our farmers. “At the time of independence, the per capita income was Rs. 299, today it is Rs.1,18,235. Today we are capable of launching 35 satellites simultaneously. We will set foot on the moon in the coming days. Our country’s army is strong. The health sector is good, in the case of Corona, a vaccine has been discovered and it has been supplied not only to the citizens of our country but also to foreign countries. The time has come to take over the presidency of the G20 countries,” said Kageri.

Speaking further he said, “Our constitution is the best in the world. The reason for this is that a common citizen is the Prime Minister and President of the country. Elections today are held based on money Constitutional institutions and people are responsible for this. People are shaken by the complexity of the executive and the behaviour of the officials. There are lapses in all the 3 organs of the government.”

Adulterated foods are seen in society. We have ruined society with the sole purpose of making money. Kageri expressed concern that voters are the cause of the politicians’ current state of mind.

“Voters do not sell their votes. Cast your precious vote for the best candidates. The Election Commission is an independent constitutional body, which should continuously improve the electoral system. The accountability of the Election Commission has increased. Schedule 10 has been implemented in the constitution and the Prohibition of Defection Act has been implemented and a good job has been done. It has been authorised to put notes in voting. Various committees have given several reports for electoral reform which have been adopted,” he said.

Everyone should adhere to the principle that my vote is not for sale. It should be implemented as a campaign. Elders should freely advise the youth. Due to PIL, there have been reforms in the judicial system.

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