Fresh push for one nation one poll, President Kovind says frequent elections impede progress

President Ram Nath Kovind today gave a fresh push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign for one nation one poll saying it is the need of the hour. President Kovind said frequent elections in the country present obstacles in the path of progress.

It is the need of the hour that one nation one poll system is brought in so that development of the nation could be speeded up and countrymen get benefits. If such a system is in place, all political parties will be able to devote more energy in the works of development and public welfare according their ideologies, President Kovind said.

He said one or the other part of the country has continued to hold election all the time in the past few decades impeding progress and continuity of policies. The people of our country have shown their discretion and understanding by expressing their clear decisions on state and national issues, he said while referring to voting patterns in various elections.

President Kovind appealed to parliamentarians to work towards evolving a consensus for simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an all-party meeting to discuss simultaneous polls among other things in New Delhi. Following the all-party meeting, the government decided to form a committee to explore the feasibility of holding simultaneous elections and the way to go forward.

However, the meeting was boycotted by several Opposition parties including the Congress, the TMC, the BSP, the DMK, the Samajwadi Party and the TDP. BJP’s ally Shiv Sena also stayed away from the meeting but it said that the party leadership was busy as it was its foundation day on Wednesday.

Among the Opposition party leaders who attended the meeting were CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi. They all vehemently opposed the idea. They opposed the idea saying it is against the spirit of federalism and an attack on the federal structure of the Constitution.

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