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The absence of the ruling party Congress and main opposition party BJP in the meeting conducted by the Law Commission on 1st February at New Delhi to discuss about electoral reforms is highly inappropriate. The meeting has been called by the Law Commission as
perthe guidelines of the Supreme Court.

Legal luminaries such as Soli Sorabji and TR Anthyarjuna attended the meeting along with Law Commission chairman Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and former chairman Justice BP Jeevan Reddy.

The Left Parties, Biju Janata Dal and some other parties attended the meeting. Some of the issues in the agenda was about the expense of candidates, eligibility of the criminally convicted candidates etc.

It is not known why Congress and BJP did not attend. Is it whether they boycotted or is there any other reason?

Major national and regional parties, including the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, gave a miss to the Law Commission’s one-day discussion on electoral reforms. The meeting held here on Saturday was focusing on the methods to decriminalise politics.
In the six national parties, only CPI(M) and CPI attended the meeting. Biju Janata Dal was the only major regional party and was represented by MP Pinaki Mishra.

The Commission had started the process after the Supr