CEC rules out simultaneous polls plan again

CEC rules out simultaneous polls plan again

Courtesy : Bureau25/08/2018 08:41

Chief election commissioner Rawat today again ruled out the possibility of holding simultaneous elections to state assemblies and the lok sabha in near future, reiterating that a legal framework is required to be put in place.

“Koi chance nahi”, Rawat rephatically said at a media interaction in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, when asked if it was feasible to hold simultaneous Lok sabha and state assembly elections in the near future. The remark came amid debate over the move following an assertion from the BJP that it was in favour of holding Loksabha and assembly election together.

Ther has been some speculations in the recent weeks tha  Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram due this year end may be deferred and held simultaneously along with the Lok sabha elections, schedule for April-May 2019. The poll watchdog had earlier maintained that any extension or curtailment of the term od assemblies will require or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment besides the logistics arrangements with regard to 100% availability of VVPAT’s will also be a constraint. “MP will take at least a year to frame a law that can be enforceable. As soon as the bill to amend the constitution is ready, we will know that thingh are now moving,” Rawat said.

Apart from BJP, the SAD, AIADMK, SP, TRS have supported the idea but the congress, Trinamool congress, The Aam Aadmi Party, The DMK, The DTP, The left front parties and the janta dal secular are opposed to it.

 The congress had even dared PM Modi to dissolve the Lok sabha and announce general elections along with polls in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and Mizoram due later this year.

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