Tamil Diplomat

Karunanidhi favours proportional representation

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Monday made a strong case for proportional representation to political parties based on the votes secured by them, arguing that such an arrangement alone would prevent use of huge money in elections. In a statement in Chennai, he said former Chief Election Commisisioner J. M. Lyngdoh himself had advocated the concept of proportional representation since spending in the election had become a farce as candidates spend much more than the prescribed limit. Mr. Karunanidhi said DMK founder C.N. Annadurai was also in favour of proportional representation and all countries barring the erstwhile British colonies had switched over to proportional representation. The DMK leader said the Centre should seriously consider the views of Mr. Lyngdoh that the proportional representation would bring down the spending substantially as individual candidates would not enter the fray.

“It should introduce an amendment in the forthcoming budget session in Parliament for ensuring proportional representation and should have an elaborate debate on the subject,” he said. Mr. Karunanidhi, however, expressed his reservation about the amendment to be made to the election laws to punish those who indulged in distribution of money to voters. “Though I welcome the amendment, the words included in it raise doubts about the powers likely to be invested with the police. As the police always functions as a puppet in the hands of the ruling party, it is not sure whether it will act on the complaints against the ruling party men. The government should ponder over these issues,” he said.