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Make democracy cleaner, healthier: Patil

Make democracy cleaner, healthier: Patil
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First Published: Mon, Jan 25 2010. 11 40 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 25 2010. 11 40 PM IST
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday asked Indian political parties to remove with determination “the impediments, the lacunae and malpractices in the electoral process” to make democracy “cleaner, healthier and stronger”.
The President’s call came at the Election Commission’s diamond jubilee celebrations that was kicked off with some of the country’s top leaders expressing concerns over issues such as the abuse of money and muscle power, electoral candidates with criminal records, and the recent controversy over news that’s paid for.
The Election Commission came into existence on 25 January 1950, on the eve of India becoming a republic.
The ceremony was attended by vice-president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, as well as the chief ministers of various states.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 25 2010. 11 40 PM IST