Chennai, July 14: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and Former Union Minister said that the Narendra Modi government’s ‘One Nation, One Election’ proposal is a debacle in successive elections.
Addressing an event here on Friday, Ramesh said, “By supporting ‘One Nation, One Election’, you are denying yourself the ability to enforce some accountability of the executive. It is the debacle in successive elections in the last 12 months but has made the current Prime Minister more aware of the concerns of farmers, unemployed, rural landless labour.”
“If you have had One nation, One election, you elect somebody and then for the next five years you have no opportunity whatsoever of making your voice heard. We are a system in which our voice is heard only through elections,” he added.
Targetting the proposal, Former Union Minister further stated “You have to suffer for five years if you have one nation one election.”
Earlier on July 10, Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi describedthe proposal of “One Nation, One Election” as antithetical to democracy and said it is nothing but another example of authoritarian and dictatorship.
“The proposal of simultaneous election dressed up with fancy phrases such as ‘One Nation, One Election’ is antithetical to democracy. It is nothing but another example of authoritarian and dictatorship”, he told media.
The Law Commission is holding consultations with political parties on the feasibility of conducting simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.
There is a widespread speculation that One Nation, One Election likely to be implemented following Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah and other senior political leaders having earlier hinted of creating a better electoral system in the country.