Chairperson for the committee examining the possibility of One Nation One Election, Ramnath Kovind on Tuesday said that the committee has met with national political parties and sought their suggestion on conducting one elections throughout the country.
Calling it a matter of national interest, Kovind said that all the parties have been requested to give their constructive support.
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“I have also communicated with all the nationally registered political parties and sought their suggestions,” said the former President of India.
“Every political party has supported it at some point in time. We are requesting all the parties for their constructive support as it is beneficial to the country. It is a matter of national interest,” he added.
Kovind said that the party at the Center will be benefited from this, be it BJP, Congress, or any other party.
What Is One Nation One Election?
The concept of One Nation One Election centers around the idea to hold elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies simultaneously with voting taking place concurrently instead of varied elections throughout the year.
< span style="font-weight: 400;">The practice is not new to India as it was followed till 1967 but was discontinued later due to several factors such as dismissals, defections, and dissolutions of government.
The current Narendra Modi government has been advocating the reform and so is Kovind, who in his address to the Parliament in 2018 mentioned One Nation One Election as one of the reforms proposed by the government.
On Monday also, he reiterated his support for the reform urging all political parties to support the idea in national interest.