One Nation, One Election is antithetical to democracy: Congress

Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, July 10: The Congress on Tuesday described the proposal of “One Nation, One Election” as antithetical to democracy and said it is nothing but another example of authoritarian and dictatorship.

Addressing media, senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi stated “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”.

“Does the proposal want the country to suffer a long President rule? , he asked.

“If a government in a State falls, should the State wait for the next simultaneous election without a government, instead of immediately going for elections?”

Continuing his attack over, the Member of Parliament poised a question that “Does it respect the individual voter or a group of voters’ choice to throw out the government?

Therefore, is the object to keep our assemblies suspended? If this Modi’s idea of federalism ?, he further added.

The Law Commission is holding consultations with political parties on the feasibility of conducting simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.

Singhvi also targetted the Narendra Modi government’s expenditure on advertisements in last four years during elections.

“RTI revealed that one-time cost of all state and central elections is Rs 4500Cr. Another RTI reveals Modi govt’s expenditure on ads in the last four years is Rs 4600Cr, more than the cost of elections. This shows that Modi govt’s concern for expenditure in elections is a jumla”.

Hitting out at the Centre for granting a status of eminence to Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, which is yet to be established, Congress spokesperson asserted “Any institution seeking a status of eminence should satisfy the criteria of infrastructure, quality education & research output, and the HRD Ministry is obligated to check this”.

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