The Ministry of Law and Justice recently informed the Rajya Sabha that the proposal for a one-nation-one election has been referred to the Law Commission for further consideration to develop a practical roadmap and framework. for simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections. AssembliesThis information was provided by Union Law Minister Kiren Rijijju in response to a question posed…
the Ministry of Law and Justice recently today the Rajya Sabha that the proposal for a one-nation-one-election was referred to the Law Commission for further consideration to develop a practical roadmap and framework for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies
This information was provided by the Union Law Minister, Kiren Rijijju in response to a question posed by MP Sushil Kumar Gupta regarding ONE NATION ONE ELECTION.
Essentially, the following four questions were posed by MP Gupta:
(a) whether the government thinks of an election as a nation and also upholds democratic freedom;
(b) if so, the government’s views in this regard;
(c) if not, the reasons for that decision; and
(d) Does the government intend to undertake a study of such electoral processes in other countries?
In its response, the department said:
“The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has considered the issue of simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies in consultation with various stakeholders including the Election Commission of India. The Committee made certain recommendations in this regard in its 79th report. The matter is now being referred to the Laws Commission for further consideration to develop a practical roadmap and framework for simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.“
This It may be noted that according to a report by The Indian Express, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra in an interview with ANI last month said that the Election Commission was ready to hold simultaneous elections based on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘One Nation Election’. He had also backed the idea of One Nation One Poll.
In 2018, the Law Commission of India submitted its draft report in favor of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state legislatures. “The time has come for India to return to simultaneous elections in the greatest national interest“, had observed the Commission in the draft report.
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