In a major development towards one nation one election, Republic TV has learned that a committee will be formed to explore it. Minutes after Republic TV's newsbreak, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a press briefing confirmed the development.
While briefing the press on June 19, Rajnath Singh said:
"Most of the members in the all-party meet agreed to the idea of One Nation One Election. CPI and CPI(M) had some doubts. Prime Minister has decided to set up a committee to explore the One Nation One poll idea."
Sources have also said Republic TV that this committee will have representatives from the Election Commission of India (ECI), members from all parties and experts.
Rajnath Singh also added: " We will keep in mind the views of every party. We had called a total of 40 political parties and 21 political party presidents attended. 3 parties had sent in writing why they were unable to attend. PM said that this is not the government's agenda but people's agenda."
Prime Minister Modi on Sunday held an all-party meeting and discussed key issues including the way ahead for the One Nation One election theory and preparation for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He has frequently spoken in favor of 'one nation-one poll', which has been pitched by the government ever since coming to power. He stated that it is the need of the hour due to various issues.
"In India, elections take place almost every six months, hence I say that we should have Lok Sabha and state elections at the very same time. One election in every five years, isn't this what should happen? Shouldn't the expenditure be cut or not?," he said in his Agra rally in January.
Meanwhile, in a BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has supported the idea while the Congress party remains divided on its view on One Nation One election.
What is 'One Nation One Poll'?
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: