President Pranab Mukherjee has supported PM Modi’s idea of ‘one India one election’ or simultaneous state and national elections.
He believes this would relieve the country of being in a continuous state of elections.
He said that if the country had to be in a perpetual state of elections, it would be better to have the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections at the same time.
He added that the legislation could also see if all other elections could be conducted during the mid-term. Answering a question raised by a student on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in the Presidential Estate, the President agreed that the continuous elections was a waste of government funds and stalled the implementation of government programmes.
Speaking about the idea, on September 5, the President said, “The Election Commission can also put in their idea and efforts on holding the polls together and that will be highly beneficial.”
During a BJP meeting in March, PM Modi first floated the idea of simultaneous polls, saying this would cut down on the huge cost of holding elections each year.
The prime minister had said that frequent elections affect the functioning of bureaucracy and there should be simultaneous elections to Panchayat bodies, assemblies and Parliament to save time and money.
The President stressed that if all political parties came together and agreed on the idea, they would change the electoral process. Due to continuous cycles of elections, it becomes incredibly difficult to pass a new legislation or law throughout the country.
He said that though the proposal remains with the law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, it is highly important for all political parties to have a discussion and arrive at the right conclusion.