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Right to reject: Twitteratis welcome 'NOTA' with open arms
Indians are rejoicing the latest Supreme Court directive, which asks election commission to introduce a 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option in the election ballot paper and the EVMs. This button would allow users to exercise their right to reject and not choose any of the candidate enlisted.

The Supreme Court also asked the central government to help the election commission in introducing the button. The pronouncement by Chief Justice Sathasivam was greeted by a huge cry of joy from major twitteratis. Barkha Dutt, journalist, punned on the word NOTA and wrote, "NOTA a chance for NETAS ?! :)”.

Eminent filmmaker of the latest released Madras Cafe, was also happy with the development and said, “#RightToReject ...that's democracy:))”

As reported by, it was the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), who in 2004 had moved with a plea to the apex court asking that voters should have a right to reject all the members of contesting elections.

The whole process is not clear to many and the same was addressed by film makers Ken Ghosh, who took to twitter to state, “No clarity on what happens if majority votes go to - NOTA, this will render the whole process useless.”

Talking about the move, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that with this move a systematic political change can be envisioned.

Anupam Kher, who has been seen sharing the dais with Anna Hazare tweeted, “Right to Reject in Voting'. Great News. Time to remember the Man who started it all- Anna Hazare. Jai Ho.:)”

Not everyone was as optimistic about any kind of change with the right to reject directive.  Senior journalist and columnist Tavleen Singh took to Twitter and wrote, "People who think this "Right to Reject" will change electoral politics in India, I have two words for all of you. "KEEP DREAMING."

Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party said that they welcomed the verdict but it is just the first step. They also want re-elections in areas where 50 percent of the voters have rejected all the candidates in an area.

In November elections are due in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgrah and Mizoram and they would have the NOTA button. Major political parties are yet to make their stand clear on the issue. 

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