Siddapur Boy Writes to P.M Modi on netas qualification

Source: ENS | Published on 12th March 2018, 8:16 PM | Coastal News |

Siddapur: A commerce student from the state has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to bring an ordinance mandating minimum education qualification to contest  elections in the country. Mohammed Sakeeb of Siddapur in Uttara Kannada district has written the letter and posted it to Modi’s address on Friday. He is studying B.Com 4th semester at Government First Grade College in Sagar of Shivamogga district.

In his letter to Modi, he asked, “Why is there no minimum education requirement to contest election.” “As an educated youth of the country, I want to see changes in our election system which includes minimum education criterion,” he said.

Speaking to reporters, Sakeeb said, about a month back while watching a programme on TV, he was stunned to see an MLA not being able to give the full form of MLA. “Therefore I asked a question to myself,  “Why there is no education criterion to contest in elections?”

Sakeeb, in his letter, has  mentioned about the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on 2018 New Year Day evening where Modi said “It’s time for the country to transform from a positive India to progressive India”. Sakeeb said to change the country from positive to progressive, many changes should happen in the country including a minimum qualification to contest in elections.

“There are many issues in the country to discuss and pose questions about them to prominent personalities, but I felt ‘education qualification to contest election’ is relevant now as Karnataka is going in for assembly elections in a few months.”

“I waned to pose this question to a prominent person but I though of asking Prime Minister. I discussed my plan of writing a letter to the Prime Minister with my professors, some of them responded positively a couple of days ago and I have written a letter to him. On Friday I posted the letter by Speed Post to Modi’s address in New Delhi,” he added.

“I have a few more topics and question to discuss with the Prime Minsiter. If  I get a response to my first question, I will ask PM some more question related to MLAs and MPs mobile bills as le many service providers are giving free call facility, Swachh Bharat topic and many more,” he said. 

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