Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again pitched for the idea of “one nation, one election”, saying it is not only the matter of debate but the need of the country.
Addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference via video conference, he also suggested a unified voter list for Lok Sabha, Assembly and panchayat polls, saying separate lists are a waste of resources.
Modi said: “One nation, one election is not only a subject of debate but a necessity for India. There is an election in India every month, which hampers development.” He added: “Why should the country waste so much money?”
Asserting that a deeper study and discussion are imperative for the system, he said “presiding officers should take the initiative towards full digitisation and legislators, I am sure, will adapt to it”.
He also talked about the need to focus more on technology and create a central database of all legislative bodies.
“One nation, one election” was part of the BJP’s manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. To discuss the same he had called for an all-party meet in June 2019. However, it was skipped by the heads of many prominent parties.