Simultaneous elections: Four supporting the idea and nine opposing it
One Nation One Election: Various parties expressed mixed response for simultaneous elections across the country. Overall four supporting the idea and nine opposing it.
Law Commission conducted an opinion poll on One Nation One Election for two days was completed. Representatives of different parties attended before the Commission and expressed their opinion. Meanwhile, the ruling party BJP and another National Party Congress have not yet conveyed their opinion.
The CPI and Trinamool Congress, which participated in the opinion polls, strongly opposed the Simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly. Trinamool MP Kalyan Bandhpadyadayi said that regional parties issues are slipping ahead of the national level issues and national parties will determine the small parties with their money.
The AIDUF, Goa forward party and CPI also expressed similar opinions. The NDA partner Shiromani Akali Dal supported the proposal. Tamil Nadu-based AIADMK supported the issue and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai representing AIADMK said that We supporting the issue but One-time elections should be conducted in 2024 in view of some practical difficulties.
On the second day of Sunday’s poll, there was a different reaction on the Simultaneous election from Telugu states. TRS expressed favorability while TDP opposed it
MP B. Vinod Kumar, who represented TRS at the meeting, said the analysis that local issues would be overshadowed by national issues is simultaneous polls are held, is incorrect. He also said that With the policy for five years, the central and state governments will be able to enjoy the full-time governments free time.
Telugu Desam Party MPs said that the Jamali polls are part of the BJP political tactic. TDP MPs opposed the ideas, saying “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 Parliment and assemblies. Simultaneous elections are incompatible with the constitution and are also impracticable.”
They also said If the polls are held by the 2019 General Elections, they do not mind. In the state, the party is clear that it will be in full power for five years. If the party is ready to face the early elections for Loksabha.
Samajwadi Party also expressed their opinion in favour of Simultaneous elections. However, It cleared that they will not agree if it after 2019. Tamil Nadu’s DMK has expressed reluctance. BJP, who is willing for the simultaneous elections since the beginning, has asked the commission to give time till this month end to say their opinion. The Congress has made it clear that it will decide on the issue with the opposition. AP Opposition party YCP will say their opinion on 10th of this month. Another National Party, the CPM, expressed the opinion that it is unnecessary to attend the Justice Commission’s meeting.
The Congress, meanwhile, said it will consult other opposition parties on the issue before making its mind.