PM Calls For ‘One Nation One Election’
The Prime Minister had called for an all-party meet on ‘one nation, one election’.
Relevance of the News: It highlights the concept of one election for the country i.e. simultaneous elections for centre, states and local bodies.
One Nation One Election:
- Ahead of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, PM addressed leaders of the Opposition at an all-party meeting. All party meeting is convened at the beginning of every session to ensure smooth functioning of the parliament.
- The meeting has been called to discuss “one nation, one election” issue along with other issues of national importance.
- Simultaneous elections refer to holding elections to Lok Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies, Panchayats and Urban local bodies simultaneously, once in five years.
Challenges Associated with Simultaneous Elections:
- Achieving political consensus for this idea seems to be difficult.
- Regional parties will be more opposed to the idea than national parties because there is always a tendency for voters to vote the same party in power in the state and at the Centre in case the Lok Sabha polls and the state elections are held together.
- If implemented the plan will get disrupted every time a state assembly is dissolved in the midst of 5 years which will again distort the alignment of centre and state elections.
Source : The Hindu, 16th June 2019