New Delhi, Feb 5: Clubbing the Assembly elections with the Lok Sabha polls need amendments to not less than five Articles of the Constitution, including those relating to duration and dissolution of the Lok Sabha and assemblies, the Election Commission has reportedly said, backing the idea of simultaneous elections- an issue raised by PM Modi and President Kovind. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week
Speaking to Times of India, a source said that the poll panel has examined the issue and supported simultaneous elections. An internal note of the Union law ministry has also spoken about the constitutional challenges after getting advice on the matter from the poll panel. Also Read - Politics Heats up Over Farm Bills 2020, PM Modi Says Opposition Misleading Farmers; Cong Calls it 'Blatant Attack' on Federal Structure
Article 83, dealing with duration of Houses of Parliament, Article 85 which relates to the dissolution of the Lok Sabha by the President, Article 172 regarding duration of state legislatures Article 174 relating to dissolution of state assemblies and Article 356 need amendments, the law ministry report said. (Also Read: No immediate possibility of simultaneous polls: Nitish). Apart from that, additional EVMs/VVPATs worth about Rs 2,000 crore will also be required. Also Read - 'Great Leader And Loyal Friend', Trump's Birthday Wish For PM Modi
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament on commencement of the Budget Session, Kovind had said that there should be more dialogue among political parties for simultaneous polls and efforts made towards arriving at an agreement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview to Zee News had also batted for simultaneous polls in the country, saying it would save a lot of resources.