The implementation of “One Nation One Election” idea requires an amendment to the constitution, which cannot be done without a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.
NEW DELHI: The government will form a committee to study the feasibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “One Nation, One Election”, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all-party meeting today. Most parties, he said, had supported the idea. Five key parties, including the Congress, however, skipped the meet. Mamata Banerjee expressed reservations about the modality of such a project and Mayawati mocked the government. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and DMK chief MK Stalin also stayed away. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao sent representatives.
Here are the top 10 developments in this big story:
- “We decided… PM said a committee will be formed for ‘One Nation One Poll’ which will consider all sides of this issue and provide solutions for this. The Prime Minister will form this committee and then they will work on this,” Union Minister Rajnath Singh said after the meeting.
- “One Nation, One Election is not a government agenda, it is the country’s agenda. All parties will be involved. we will respect all difference of opinion,” Mr Singh said. Most parties supported the idea, the Left parties had questions about implementation, he added.
- The Prime Minister’s initiative of “One Nation, One Election” initiative, the BJP contends, will save both time and money. But the opposition has refused to back the idea, saying it is against federal principles and questioned the feasibility of such a move.
- The implementation of simultaneous election idea, however, requires an amendment to the constitution, which cannot be done without a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament. This is why the BJP needs to get other parties on board.
- Mayawati said had the meeting been about Electronic Voting Machines, she would have attended. “The stubbornness of conducting elections through electronic voting machines instead of the ballot paper is the real threat to democracy and the Constitution of the country,” she claimed.
- Mamata Banerjee wrote to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi yesterday, contending that a single meeting is not enough to respond on the “One Nation One Election” issue and asked the government for a White Paper so the parties can consult experts and give feedback.
- The Bengal Chief Minister has also turned down the Niti Mayor’s proposal of developing “aspirational districts”, saying her Trinamool Congress is opposed to such a project as “it would not conform to the overall objectives of achieving balanced and uniform development of all districts in the state”.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu have delegated representatives – Raghav Chadha for Aam Aadmi Party and TDP’s Jayadev Galla.
- Even though he expressed an opinion earlier that the meeting would not help his state, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Mr. Rao sent his son and party leader KT Rama Rao. “I still back my Federal Front. No use talking to Centre. We didn’t even get one rupee for the state,” Mr. Rao was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
- Besides the simultaneous election, the meeting also discussed NITI Mayor’s proposal of developing “aspirational districts”, that involves fast-tracking a rise in the socio-economic condition of 117 districts across 28 states. Plans for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year and 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022 were also discussed.
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