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United We Vote: Ex-President To Lead Revolutionary ‘One Nation, One Election’ Panel

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United We Vote: Ex-President To Lead Revolutionary ‘One Nation, One Election’ Panel

The possibility of India adopting a “One Nation, One Election” system is set to be closely examined by a newly formed panel led by former President Ram Nath Kovind. 

The Centre made this significant move a day following its announcement of a special parliamentary session, lasting from September 18 to September 22.

‘One Nation, One Election’ Explained

Simply put, ‘One Nation, One Election’ entails conducting simultaneous national and state elections across the country, a practice prevalent in the initial rounds of elections in India.

The Prime Minister and the BJP have expressed their support for the proposal on several occasions, going as far as including it in their 2014 Lok Sabha polls manifesto.

Why then has this practice been abandoned? The discontinuation occurred in 1968-69, when several state assemblies were prematurely dissolved. Additionally, the Lok Sabha was prematurely dissolved for the first time in 1970, instigating mid-term elections in 1971.

Reflecting back, the BJP’s 2014 Lok Sabha Election Manifesto made explicit promises regarding this issue. Not only did the document commit to initiating electoral reforms, but it also pledged to evolve a method for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

PM Modi’s Stand on ‘One Nation, One Election’

The Prime Minister has been vocally supportive of simultaneous elections. Following the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he invited an all-party conference to deliberate over the matter. His major contention is that frequent elections strain the nation’s resources and disrupt governance. 

Opposition’s Viewpoint

In response to the formation of the panel, the CPI General Secretary, Mr. Raja expressed his concerns, accusing the BJP of exhibiting a fascist tendency of ‘one nation, one culture; one nation, one religion; and so on’.

He also stated that the BJP is undermining the sanctity of the Parliament and jeopardizing its functionality.

The implementation of the ‘One Nation, One Election’ system may very well herald a new era in Indian politics. 

Nonetheless, such a monumental change cannot be effected without a constitutional amendment and the consensus of two-thirds of the members from both Houses of Parliament.

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