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No Mention of Simultaneous Polls in 11 States in Amit Shah’s Letter to Law Commission: BJP
Yesterday, PTI cited a top BJP leader saying that the party is mulling holding assembly elections in 11 states simultaneously with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
New Delhi, Aug 14: The BJP on Tuesday said that BJP President Amit Shah’s letter to the Law Commission of India does not have any mention of holding simultaneous elections in 11 states. The party, however, said that it supports the idea of ‘one nation, one poll’.
“There is no mention of simultaneous polls in 11 states in BJP President Amit Shah’s letter to the Law Commission but the Party does support the idea of one nation one election,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
The development comes a day after BJP President Amit Shah wrote a letter to the Law Commission of India in which he batted for the party’s idea of holding state assembly elections simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections, asserting that elections in states throughout the year affect the developmental works.
“There is a need for a regular discourse on the simultaneous elections and all political parties need to come together on the matter,” Shah wrote in his letter to the Law Commission.
Shah said that due to the elections in states throughout the year, works of both the state and central government gets affected.
Shah said the claim that holding two sets of polls was against the federal structure of the country is a “baseless” argument.
On the contrary, he said, it would strengthen the federal structure of the country.
In his eight-page letter, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief said the opposition to simultaneous polls seems to be politically motivated.
Meanwhile PTI cited a top BJP leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying that the party is mulling holding assembly elections in 11 states simultaneously with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The report cited the 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.
Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat on Monday said that simultaneous elections are possible but not without proper a legal framework.
“If the term of some state assemblies needs to be curtailed or extended, then a constitutional amendment will be required… Logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint,” he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon.
“On the issue of ‘one nation one poll’, the Election Commission had given inputs and suggestions in 2015 itself… Other requirements of additional police force, polling personnel would also be needed,” he said.