Political Parties Divided Over Holding Of Simultaneous Polls; BJP And Congress Maintain Silence

  • Law panel has recommended holding simultaneous poll, But in two Phases begining 2019.

 

  • While four parties supported the idea, as many as nine have opposed it.

 

  • BJP sought more time while congress said it will consult other parties.

 

BY MEGHA GOSWAMI

 

NEW DELHI :

Political parties have a difference over the issue of holding assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls. Though four parties are in support of the decision but nine parties are simply opposing it. However, major parties such as BJP and Congress that can actually make a difference in the decision have decided to stay quiet over the matter.

 

At the end of the 2-day consultation organised by the Law Commission on simultaneous polls, besides the NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal, the AIDMK, the Samajwadi Party and the TRS supported the idea.

 

The Decision

 

By the end of the two-day consultation period, four parties came out in support of the decision. These parties were Shiromani Akali Dal, the Samajwadi Party, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, and the AIADMK.

 

However, the parties that are opposing this venture are Goa Forward Party, Telugu Desam Party, CPI, CPM, Forward Block, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and DMK.

 

The SP as represented by Ram Gopal Yadav supported the very concept of parallel polls but also made it clear that these polls need to be held in the year 2019 only.

 

The motive behind this call is very clear. If parallel polls are held in 2019 only, it would simply mean that the tenure of UP government of Yogi Adityanath will be shortened.

 

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On the other hand, AAP’s leader Ashish Khaitan termed this concept to be a ‘ploy’ for keeping people away from forming a government as the terms of houses will be extended only if both the polls will be held together. Moreover, Ashish has also termed this concept to be a move for imposing ‘managed’ democracy in the nation.

 

JD(S) representative Danish Ali said that the concept is simply against the federal democracy. He also said that if the government is so keen on imposing parallel polls, then it should first implement the prior law panel reports on different electoral reforms.

 

The TDP opposed the very concept and said, “Simultaneous elections are no longer feasible in a vast country like ours with different political complexities of the assemblies. It is not possible to cut short the tenure of the Parliament and assemblies. Simultaneous elections are incompatible with the Constitution and are also impracticable.”
Shirmonai Akali Dal, however, came out in support of the concept and said that this move will reduce the expenditure of political parties.

 

BJP, which had at one point of time voiced it support for the concept, has asked for more time from the commission. As per the sources, the party has been given time till July 31. The Congress has said that it would be consulting with other political parties first before making a decision.

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