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Withdraw 'India Shining' campaign: Lyngdoh

February 18, 2004 00:46 IST

Former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh on Tuesday expressed disapproval at the money spent by the government on its 'India Shining' campaign.

He hoped that the advertisement campaign would be withdrawn.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on 'Elections and Democracy' he said even if it was not wrong legally at this juncture, it was not proper considering that it involved tax payers' money.

To a question on the use of aircraft by Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani for electioneering, Lyngdoh said, "The prime minister is different from anyone else. That distinction should be maintained."

He said there was lot of scope for electoral reforms in India and added that the Indian democracy was about quantity and not quality.

"The problem in India is that the candidate does not stand a chance in the elections if he does not spend a heavy amount irrespective of the party he belongs to," he said. "In the government service one is taught ethics, but in politics there is no one who can teach ethics."

He said the Election Commission was trying to streamline the electoral role by removing bogus voters.

The Public Interest Litigations have also helped in improving the electoral system, he added.

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Sub: If I feel good, somebody has got to tell me so !!! Using my own money ?

However, Lyngdoh Saab, Sir ! These idiots are telling the population that they are feeling good and that their desh is shining when in reality ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: why

mr lyndoh should join a ppolitical party and then i would like him to say any thing at all. its easy being outside and preaching. ...

Posted by s

Sub: Lyndogh's Comment

It is worthwhile appreciating the differentiation between the Prime Minister and others on the use of aircraft. However the prescription to stop the India Shinning ...

Posted by Anil Panikar

Sub: Withdraw India Shining campaign!

As an NRI who has been living outside of India for over 10 years, I have watched the gradual moves towards improvement in India with ...

Posted by Ashwin Sanketh

Sub: Stop Mr. Lyndogh

YOu may be right some times, but not all the times Mr. Lyndogh. Stop getting cheap publicity by making undue remarks. I wonder why peoples ...

Posted by Pardeep


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