Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that 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, he said, affects development process during that time. He further said that the idea of one nation one poll is a must.

Addressing a gathering at the International Conclave on Right to Democracy and Its Functioning organised by the State Election Commission, Fadnavis said, “The Idea of One Nation One Election should percolate to local body as well, not just Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha but all the local bodies including every single election should happen at a time.”

“The electoral process that comes with the implementation of the Model of Code of Conduct often hampers the process of decision making and execution. It affects developmental work. Amount of money spent on the election, amount of efforts taken for elections…we political people find so many constraints while taking decisions because every decision impacts one or the other election…,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister said.

Referring to a study, conducted by state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Devendra Fadnavis said that out of the 365 days, a total of 300 days were under the Model Code of Conduct which hampered the development process in the country.

“In a given year, when we did the survey, it was noted that 300 days were under the Model Code of Conduct out of the 365 days. Which means the administration had to exercise caution and not take new policy decisions or executive decisions, which would be perceived as populist,” Fadnavis said.