Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today accused the central government of under development of Northeast and demanded an amendment in the Representation of Peoples’ Act to ensure equal opportunity for all the sections of the society. Addressing 15th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference here, Sarkar said proportionate representation in the election is the demand of time now to ensure equal and equitable development of the region. Supplementing the view of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the proposition of modification of Indian election system to contain the domination of money and muscle power, Mr Sarkar opined for state funded election.
‘Proportionate representation of election is needed to be adopting for holistic development of India now, as representation of all sections of the society cannot be ensured in present system of voting,’ Mr Sarkar stated. He, however, pointed out that still 70 per cent of Indians cannot earn Rs 20 daily, 50 per cent of women have been suffering from anemia and 50 per cent children below five years of age are suffering from malnutrition. ‘So how can we believe India is progressing?’he asked.