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Appeal against tainted takes off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 8
An appeal to all parties for not giving tickets to persons with a tainted public image has received an overwhelming response from eminent citizens and it is set to take the shape of a public campaign.

The appeal, which has been made by former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and former Chief Justice JS Verma, says: “There is a widespread and persistent feeling in our civil society that political corruption and criminalisation are two of the most serious maladies of the country’s governance”.

Justice Verma has informed the political parties that a number of professionals from various disciplines have pledged not to vote for the candidates who are corrupt or involved in corrupt activities.

An attempt is being made to evolve a long-term strategy on this issue and an interactive session is being held in this regard at India International Centre on April 14. This could include a media campaign with a number of mediapersons responding to the appeal.

The Tribune has been highlighting the issue and appealing to its readers to be vigilant on this score.

Justice Verma has gone on record saying that he is overwhelmed by the response to the appeal to unite against corruption and criminalisation in politics.

Signatories to the appeal are Anu Aga, Naresh Chandra, Shailaja Chandra, BG Deshmukh, HK Dua, Justice VR Krishna Iyer, Dr Bimal Jalan, Arvind Kejriwal, TS Krishnamurthy, Prabhat Kumar, Prof MGK Menon, Mrinal Pande, G Parthasarathy, Aruna Roy, Teesta Setalvad, E Sreedharan and George Varghese, besides 155 others as well as eight social organisations.

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