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Bhopal: SC verdict on banning use of religion for votes welcomed


BHOPAL: Hailing the Supreme Court decision on totally prohibiting use of religion, caste and language in election campaigns for garnering votes, speakers at a seminar organised here by the Rashtriya Secular Manch and Communist Party of India stressed the need for structural change in the electoral process.

At present the election commission consists of bureaucrats only. The need is to make it more broad-based organisation. This can be done by including judges as member or chairman of the election commission. Persistent efforts are needed to change the mindset of the masses.

Presiding over the seminar LS Herdenia, national convener of the All India Secular Forum, said that the judgment will go a long way in strengthening the foundation of secular edifice of our democratic system.

Among those who participated in the seminar were journalist Rakesh Dixit, Rajendra Sharma, state president of Progressive Writers Association, Pushan Bhattacharya of the Central Trade Union, Roop Singh Chauhan of the All India Trade Union Congress, MM Sharma, leader of the railway employees and Ram Harsh Patel, leader of BHEL employees. Seminar was conducted by Shailendra Shailly. Earlier tributes were paid to communist leader AB Bardhan on the occasion of his first death anniversary.