Is President’s Rule An Option For PM Modi To Have Lok Sabha, Assembly Polls Together?

When India got independence in 1947, the newly formed Election Commission took ample to make sure that all Indians participate in the democratic process. In the decades after that, many state governments couldn’t end terms and often in some cases, interim elections changed the scenario. The same thing happened at the center too. So, at present, the electoral process is going on in some part of India or the other.

This is something which hasn’t helped India and the curve of development:

Populism is something which has become very common to governance and regular elections are disrupting the flow of work. In many core sectors where there are ample concerns regarding the need to opt for reforms, the dilemma over election mandate is indeed a huge roadblock. In such a scenario, the Narendra Modi government is definitely looking forward and brainstorming on the idea to have Lok Sabha and Assembly Polls together.

 Lok Sabha and Assembly Polls together

Election Commission of India:

In view of such, the Narendra Modi government is formally going to seek advice from the Election Commission whether any such thing is at all feasible or not. The Law Commission is expected to submit its report soon on this matter. The NITI Ayog committee also is looking into this matter.

Election Commission Of India

One Nation, One Election: 

In other words, BJP is definitely looking forward to implementing the concept of ‘One Nation, One Election’. There is no denying the fact that to have Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections together, amending the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act is necessary, which can be pivotal to shorten or extend the terms of state legislative assemblies in due course of time. Both legal and logistical issues are going to be tricky in this specific aspect.

One Nation, One Election

Lok Sabha elections:

Anyhow, considering the present political situation, the NDA government is definitely trying to avoid Constitutional amendment. One of the proposals is to impose President’s rule in a state where assembly polls are due ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Lok Sabha elections

BJP goes into a huddle to push for ‘one nation, one election’:

Some sections of the government believe that President’s rule can be imposed in the larger national interest of ‘one nation, one election’ concept. Anyhow it remains to be seen whether PM Narendra Modi and BJP mastermind Amit Shah at all gives a go ahead with it or not. It is indeed a sensitive issue and can be a huge political gamble for BJP as well.

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Ranabir Bhattacharyya is a Bengal based writer who concentrates on politics, international relations, economic and social matters