New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will create a committee that will give suggestions on issues related to the One Nation, One Election proposal, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said after a party meeting to discuss the simultaneous polls on Wednesday.
Most of the parties that attended the meeting extended support for the proposed simultaneous search, Singh said. "We have invited 40 political parties from which presidents of 21 parties participated, three other parties have submitted their views on the issues in writing," Singh added.
Several party presidents have backed the proposal for simultaneous elections, the Center said. "Several parties were also of the view that all aspects of this proposal need to be examined carefully. PM Modi noted that this is not a one-party agenda but is a matter of national importance and the views of all parties would be considered and he announced that a commission will be formed to examine the issue of "One Country, One Election" and to make suggestions in a time-limited manner, "he said.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India expressed their disagreement over the proposal, Singh said. "They had a difference of opinion, but they did not oppose the idea. They only opposed implementation, "the minister said after the meeting.
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Other issues discussed at the meeting included ways to improve Parliament's productivity, build a new country in its 75th year of independence, program and commitments to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday and the development of aspirational districts, a press statement said. Information Office.
Odisha's chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, has given full support to the idea of "one nation, one election," saying that frequent polls affect the pace of development and also "agitate the spirit of cooperative federalism."
"Frequent elections affect the pace of development and also undermine the spirit of cooperative federalism." The BJD will fully support the idea of "a nation, an election," Patnaik said, adding that there has to be a " give and take "in the best interest of the country.
The president of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) also called for a revision of the Land Acquisition Law and the Forest Conservation Law.
Mumbai Congress Speaker Milind Deora called for a debate on the issue of conducting simultaneous research. Being in a continuous election mode is an obstacle to good governance and distracts politicians from addressing real issues, he said.
Considering "a nation, an election" and a "major and valuable reform," Deora said the government should decide through all political parties and seek opinions from the intelligentsia, electoral reform organizations and students.
Several opposition parties jumped
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bhuv party chairman Mayawati, Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi party and K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samithi were among the top leaders out of the meeting. While the AAP was represented by Raghav Chadha, KCR named his son KT Rama Rao.
On Tuesday, Banerjee declined the invitation, saying that the Center should prepare a report on the "one nation, one election" issue for consultations. Mayawati tweeted that she would have attended the meeting if it was on the subject of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Sources said NDA ally Shiv Sena did not attend the meeting because it was the day the party was founded.
Congressional President Rahul Gandhi, who was invited to the meeting, wrote back to the government expressing his inability to participate. He also wrote a note to the government, whose content was not known.
Congress has made the decision to stay away from the meeting after consultations with other parties on the matter. The party convened a meeting of all opposition leaders on Wednesday morning to discuss the issue but was canceled in view of Gandhi's birthday.
Congressional spokesman Gaurav Gogoi later criticized the BJP on the issue, claiming it is an attempt to "divert people's attention" from real problems. He said a party that can not hold simultaneous polling stations in two states or by two seats of Rajya Sabha has no right to talk about holding all the elections together.
The left-wing parties, represented by CPI (M) Secretary-General Sitaram Yechury and CPI's D Raja, vehemently opposed the idea, saying it was against the spirit of federalism. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also opposed the idea of being against the federal structure.
The proposal "one nation, one election" is fundamentally anti-federal and a "secret way to replace our parliamentary democracy," Yechury said.
Asked why Congress did not attend the meeting, Gogoi said, "We explained that the president of Congress expressed regret for the meeting of a nation, an election." We said, our legal experts, our constitutional experts also said that this is perversion of the Constitution, the author of our Constitution saw flexibility and glimpsed federalism, which brings a sense of rigidity, this brings us a constitutional change, there was not enough study about him and the party that is proposing the idea in if it's being inconsistent. "
(With agency supplies)