Law Commission to hold talks with political parties for simultaneous polls

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New Delhi, July 2 : The Law Commission will hold consultations with all major political parties on July 7 and 8  for conducting simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Highly-placed sources in the Commission said Narayanasamy was of the view that simultaneous polls cannot be held without amending the Constitution. He said any move to amend the Constitution to extend or reduce the term of the state assemblies would be against the federal structure.

The Law Commission will discuss the feasibility of conducting the simultaneous election of both Lok Sabha and state assemblies with various stakeholders to fine-tune the draft report that was released last month.

None of the seven recognised national and 59 state parties have responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on the ‘working paper’ on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly polls, a proposal being pushed by the government.

May 8 was the last date for submitting response. Among the prominent people who have responded to the document is V Narayanasamy in his capacity as Puducherry chief minster and former chief election commissioner H S Brahma.

BJP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Trinamool Congress, BSP and NCP are the national parties recognised by the Election Commission (EC).

 

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