New Delhi, Aug 13: The BJP is keen on holding elections in 10-11 states along with the Lok Sabha elections, which are scheduled to be held in the first half of the next year. Also Read - Cricket World Cup Dominated Search Trends, Here's What Indians Googled the Most in 2019
News agency PTI quoted a top BJP leader saying that the party is exploring the possibility of deferring the assembly elections of some states by a few months and advancing elections in some other states in such a way that they are held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. Also Read - Babita Phogat Casts Vote, Vows to Promote Sports if Elected
Interestingly, the report comes hours after BJP President Amit Shah wrote a letter to the Law Commission of India, batting for party’s ‘One Nation, One Poll’ idea, asserting that elections in states throughout the year affect the developmental works. Also Read - Maharashtra Polls: BJP Meeting in Delhi Today; Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Fadnavis to Attend
In his eight-page letter, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief said the opposition to simultaneous polls seems to be politically motivated.
Shah’s advocacy for simultaneous elections came two days after Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash proposed holding one election a year as an alternative to Centre’s push for simultaneous elections.
The law panel, which is examining the feasibility of holding simultaneous polls, had sought the views of the political parties before finalising its report.
According to the report, the leader said the party is mulling the idea of postponing the elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – scheduled later this year – so that they can be held with the Lok Sabha polls.
On the other hand, elections in BJP-ruled states of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana, which are slated for polls towards the end of next year, can be advanced to implement the idea of simultaneous elections.
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana are already scheduled to go to polls with the Lok Sabha elections.
Talking about Bihar, where elections are due in 2020 end, party sources hinted that it would not be difficult for the state to agree to the proposal as BJP is already a junior partner in the government there which is led by JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar.
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.
However, with the opposition parties including the Congress opposing the idea of simultaneous elections, the government is not in a position to affect the constitutional amendment that the exercise of holding the assembly and Lok Sabha polls simultaneously would require.
Consequently, the government is planning to convene an all-party meeting to evolve a consensus on holding simultaneous elections once the issue once the Law Commission recommends a legal framework on the matter, according to party sources.
The government, they said, is awaiting the report of the law panel which would lay down the legal framework of holding the two elections together.
They said once the report is with the government, it will have broad talking points.