BJP makes strong pitch for simultaneous polls

Nadda further added that the BJP has put forth that in the People’s Representative Act, change should be made through consensus…reports Asian Lite News

Ram Nath Kovind, Chairman of the High-Level Committee (HLC) on the One Nation, One Election, and its members, NK Singh and Sanjay Kothari, continued their interactions with political parties on Tuesday to examine the issue relating to the holding of simultaneous elections in the country and make recommendations thereon.

As part of this, a delegation from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by JP Nadda, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); Bhupender Yadav, Union Cabinet Minister of Labour and Employment, Forest and Climate Change and National General Secretary, BJP; and Om Pathak, National Executive member, BJP met the HLC and handed over a written memorandum.

The members of the party also had a detailed interaction with the HLC in which the party pledged its support for the concept of “One Nation, One Election”.

After the meeting with HLC, BJP national president JP Nadda said, “Today, we presented the party’s viewpoint on One Nation, One Election in front of the High-Level Committee. We very clearly said that the Model Code of Conduct is implemented due to elections that are held at various levels and at different times.”

“It affects the administration and good governance, and along with this the speed of development for people is also slowed. There is a financial burden on the parties as well and becomes a reason for corruption as well. Security forces that are deployed for internal and external security on the border are again & again deployed in the states for the elections,” he added.

Nadda further added that the BJP has put forth that in the People’s Representative Act, change should be made through consensus.

“One photo identity card is on the voter’s list, which is valid for Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and Panchayat. There should be one voter list. Elections should be held at the same time. In the long run, these three elections should be held at the same time,” he said.

Recently, the High-Level Committee also met and interacted with representatives of the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI (M), AIMIM, RPI, Apna Dal etc.

Representatives of these parties also handed over their suggestions in writing to the committee.

Continuing his discussions with political parties, Ram Nath Kovind also held interactions with Deepak ‘Pandurang’ Dhavalikar, President, Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa. The party has offered its strong support to the concept of One Nation One Election, as it will strengthen grassroot democracy.

The High-Level Committee relating to the holding of simultaneous elections in the country has initiated a consultation process under the chairmanship of Ram Nath Kovind, former President of India.

The High-Level Committee recently also sought public opinion regarding the one nation, one election issue. The public notice issued stated, “Notice for inviting suggestions from members of the general public for making appropriate changes in the existing legal administrative framework to enable simultaneous elections in the country.” (ANI)

Rajnath confident on BJP sweep in UP

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed his confidence in the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and said, “UP se, 80 out of 80.”

He said this while speaking to reporters after inspecting the Lucknow Ring Road from the Sultan Road Side.

During his interaction, he informed that the Lucknow Ring Road would be completed by February 28 and added that the inauguration of the 104-kilometer Lucknow Ring Road would be done in the first week of March.

“The people involved in the construction have said that it would be completed by February 28. In the first week of March, the inauguration of the 104-kilometer Lucknow Ring Road will be done. The people of Lucknow will get relief from the traffic problem,” he said.

“The 104-kilometer-long Lucknow Ring Road has been our dream project. It is an 8-lane road,” he said.

“In addition to the 13 flyovers that have already been constructed there, we plan to initiate construction work on at least 10 more flyovers that have already been approved,” he added.

The Defence Minister said that developmental work should not be associated with elections and added that a representative must address their area’s issues and consistently perform their responsibilities.

“Developmental activities should never be linked with elections. I believe that it is the responsibility of every representative to stay alert towards solving the problems of the area they represent and to consistently fulfil their duties. As a representative, I have tried to do everything within my capacity,” he said.

Even as Rajnath Singh and the BJP strike a confident pose, the opposition INDIA bloc is searching for answers as the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have failed to strike up an alliance in the state. Sources say that the alliance is stuck due to a disagreement on two seat that the Congress wishes to contest but the SP in unwilling to let go. Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav reiterated that he would only join Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra once the agreement on seat sharing can be reached. (ANI)

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