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Right to recall may lead to political instability: Pranab

Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday the proposal for recalling elected representatives will be difficult to implement in a huge country like India and may also lead to political instability.

“It is easy to demand it, but difficult to implement. India is the largest democracy with a huge population of over 122 crore. Under such circumstances, I don’t know how it will work,” said Mukherjee.

“On what criteria will an elected representative be recalled, whether the constitution will allow it – these questions will arise,” he said while addressing a panchayat convention here.

Mukherjee said the measure might also lead to political instability. Activist Anna Hazare had earlier said that if candidates spending crores of rupees in elections are rejected by voters, it will discourage them from overspending and would control election expenditure.

Mukherjee said that spread of banking facilities in the rural areas could plug leakage of funds and reduce corruption. “There are allegations of leakage in MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). If the fund recipients for schemes like MNREGA, old age pension can be ensured through the banking system, then the leakage can be stopped and the corruption will come down,” he said.

Mukherjee however underlined that despite this, the scheme has ensured that minimum wages are raised throughout the country and has also helped poor people to get work.

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