With weeks left for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday pitched for 'One nation, one poll' during his address in Pune. Vice President Naidu said that frequent elections are a matter of concern for the people of India with diversion of works due to the imposition of model code of conduct. Venkaiah Naidu said that it will be in the interest of the nation if one broad simultaneous polls are conducted across the country.
"Frequent elections in the country is a matter of concern, because the moment elections come, everyone has to follow the pre-line formula. Election, selection and correction and the model code of conduct for one and half months. That's why will be in the interest of the country to have one broad simultaneous election across the country within 15 days so that there is no deviation, no delusion, and no diversion of the public work," Venkaiah Naidu said in his address.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu pitch for 'One nation one poll' has come in the light of the remarks made by Prime Minister Modi on several occasion for the need for one election across the country. In a recent occasion, during his Independence Day speech on August 15, PM Modi asserted that discussions are underway for the conduct of single polls throughout the country, after the Modi government achieved the success of 'One nation, one Constitution'. PM Modi's remarks were in the light of abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
"A few days ago, we made one nation one grid, similarly, we made one nation, one mobility card. Now we are discussing on one nation, one poll, it should be discussed democratically. So that one day, the dream of One Nation Best Nation (Ek desh, Sresth desh) dream comes true," PM Modi had said.
One Nation one poll is the concept of simultaneous elections that is simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. If 'One Nation One Poll' is implemented then:
The Elections Commission announced the dates for assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said that election in Haryana and Maharashtra will take place together in a single phase on October 21. The counting of votes for both the states will take place on October 24. The 288-seat Maharashtra legislative assembly will expire on 9 November and the 90-seat Haryana Legislative Assembly will expire on 2 November.