Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has questioned the relevance of recently introduced NOTA voting option in a democratic system while describing it as “non-sense” and waste of time. “What is this None-of-The-Above (NOTA) non-sense? I cannot understand.
In a democratic set up what is this NOTA?” the Governor asked during the Press Club of Mumbai's RedInk Awards 2014 event where he was the chief guest here last night.
“You cannot have NOTA in a democracy. You are going and voting NOTA. Why do you want to waste your time like that? That is waste of time actually. In a democracy, it has no place,” he said.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, who was the Guest of Honour at the event, awarded cash prizes and trophies to 30 journalists—winners and runner-ups—for their best stories in 15 different categories of print and television awards. Veteran journalist Mrinal Pande was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Governor said, “As some of you know, I have myself served as a journalist for some time during my younger days. Even though I changed my profession subsequently, I have maintained friendship with journalists, some of whom are present here today.”