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Advani backs compulsory voting on Republic Day

January 26, 2012 - New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Thursday backed compulsory voting in the country on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day.

Advani, who celebrated this year's Republic Day by hoisting the national flag at his residence here, said that it was not an unachievable task to introduce the system of mandatory voting.

"We must consider the possibility of having compulsory voting in the country. It will be good if India has a system of mandatory voting. I don't think it is impossible," he told the media here.

Advani further said that in order to strengthen the democratic system, it was imperative that a large number of people cast their vote.

"Only getting the voters registered is not enough, what is more important is that the voting percentage should be maximum. If possible, we must work to bring the voting percentage to 100," he said.

The BJP veteran's statements came ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in five states of the country.

Advani also greeted the nation on the occasion of the Republic Day.

An impressive display of armour and unmanned aerial vehicles recently added to India's military prowess was on full display at the 63rd Republic Day parade on Thursday that also showcased the country's rich heritage.


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