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Negative vote

The Supreme Court has done the right thing by admitting a petition seeking the right for the voter to cast a negative vote (April 12). While exercising one's franchise is a national duty, in rare cases a voter is confronted with a choice of candidates of whom none is suitable for his vote. In such a situation, the right to say "none of the above" becomes necessary.

A. Ranganathan,
Coimbatore

No useful purpose will be served by merely recording the "none of the above" option. What if a majority of voters exercise the option? There will be a political stalemate. Instead, the option for President's rule or Governor's rule can be provided.

V.R.R. Ramalingom,
Madurai, T.N.

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