Jaspal Bhatti wants quota for fools!April 1st, 2009 - 12:51 am ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) On the eve of All Fools’ Day April 1, noted humorist Jaspal Bhatti Tuesday sought reservation of seats in parliament and other institutions for fools in the country.
“There should be reservation in all bodies, including parliament, for fools,” the comedian, who recently floated a ‘Recession Party’ to contest the Lok Sabha elections, told IANS.
Claiming that he was fielding over half a dozen leading comedians from Punjab alone in the parliamentary elections, Bhatti, on a serious note, sought written clarification from the Election Commission of India (ECI) whether the satire his party was going to use during campaigning would constitute violation of the model code of conduct.
Bhatti, who founded the ‘Recession Party’ Tuesday, met Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kusumjit Sidhu and sought the clarification.
“For example, if our candidate says ‘if we come to power we will spread drugs and alcohol more vigorously or do underhand deals more shamelessly’, will it be a violation of the code of conduct? Our candidates are going to deposit the nomination fee of Rs.20,000 by collecting penny by penny from our well-wishers and fans, so they don’t want to get into any trouble,” explained Bhatti to the CEO.
Bhatti’s request has been forwarded to the Election Commission for clarification. He said that the CEO sent the request to the poll panel Tuesday itself as sending it on April 1 could have led to it being taken lightly.
Bhatti’s Recession Party had sought to legalise “all underhand and illegal deals done by political parties and politicians” after assuming power “through means fair and foul”.
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