New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state is ready for simultaneous elections to the Assembly and Lok Sabha if the Election Commission of India decides to implement the same. Also Read - Haryana: Man Catches Fire While Cleaning Household Items With Alcohol-based Sanitiser
“Not much time is left for the Lok Sabha elections, but I think it (simultaneous elections) can be done by 2024. We are ready if the Election Commission brings up a procedure after a constitutional amendment. There is a five months gap between Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections in Haryana. If the Election Commission brings in simultaneous elections even now, we are ready,” said the Haryana CM while addressing a press conference. Also Read - Coronavirus: Haryana Govt Employees Will Not Mark Biometric Attendance Till March 31
“Discussions over One Nation One Election are going on. Some say that not only Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha, but also local body elections should be brought under its purview. There are Constitutional obligations, unless they are looked into, simultaneous elections are not possible,” Khattar added. Also Read - Haryana: 4 Dead, 28 Injured After Boiler Explosion in Jhajjar District
On Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the idea of one nation one poll is a must. “The idea of ‘one nation one election’ should be extended to local body polls as well to avoid the repeated enforcement of the Model of Code of Conduct which, ‘affects development process during that time’,” the Maharashtra CM had asserted.
The Narendra Modi government has been batting for the ‘One Nation, One Poll’ idea ever since it came to power at the Centre in 2014. Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the governing council of NITI Aayog in June this year, had called for a “widespread” debate on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
Last month, the Law Commission had said that over Rs 4,500 crore will be needed to buy new EVMS and paper trail machines for “imminent” simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.