The proposal for None Nation , One poll has got another push . BJP president Amit Shah has batted for holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls together, saying it would check expenditure and ensure that the nation is not in “election mode” throughout the year.
In a letter to the Law Commission, he said holding simultaneous polls is not only a concept, but a principle which can be implemented. ANI tweeted Shah’s letter to the Law Commission
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Shah said the claim that holding two sets of polls was against the federal structure of the country is a “baseless” argument.
On the contrary, he said, it would strengthen the federal structure of the country. In his eight-page letter, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief said the opposition to simultaneous polls seems to be politically motivated.
The law panel, which is examining the feasibility of holding simultaneous polls, had sought the views of the political parties before finalising its report. Both the BJP and Congress had stayed away from consultation organised by the commission in this regard last month.
The Congress had met the Commission top brass recently where it had opposed the concept of simultaneous polls.
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the governing council of NITI Aayog on June 17, had called for a “widespread” debate on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies and said if implemented, it would result in savings.
The NITI Aayog had last year suggested synchronised, two-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly polls from 2024.
The Law Commission’s draft paper titled “Simultaneous Elections – Constitutional and Legal Perspectives” has recommended amendments to the Constitution and the Representation of People’s Act, 1950 to facilitate and sustain the concept of simultaneous polls.