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One Nation, One Election: High Level Committee Holds Second Meeting

The second meeting of the committee formed in the country regarding One Nation One Election was held on Wednesday.

This meeting lasted for one and a half hours in Jodhpur Hostel, Delhi. According to media reports, Law Commission Chairman Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said – The report on one country one election is not ready yet. Currently work on the report is going on.

He said that we have discussed the legal and constitutional aspects of holding elections simultaneously with the committee members. The obstacles faced in implementing them have been explained. At present no decision has been taken on this. If we are called again, we will go.

The name of the committee has also been decided in this meeting. The committee has been named High Level Committee (HLC). At the same time, the committee has taken note of the resignation of Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, leader of the largest party in the Lok Sabha, from the membership of the committee.

The meeting was attended by former President Ramnath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) President Ghulam Nabi Azad and other leaders.

The first meeting of the High Level Committee formed by the Central Government for One Country, One Election was held on 23 September.

It was decided that the views of recognized national and regional parties would be taken together on the issue of elections. Law Commission will also be called to give suggestions on this issue.

The 22nd Law Commission meeting was held. One Nation-One Election was discussed in this. The Law Commission says that it is working on a formula to hold all the assembly elections simultaneously by increasing or decreasing the tenure of the state assemblies. If all goes well, then elections for all the states can be held along with the Lok Sabha elections of 2029.

The Commission acknowledged that the implementation of One Nation One Election would save a lot of money. For this we have discussed in detail with the Election Commission. At the same time, the Election Commission believes that if necessary time is given, it can implement such an electoral process.

A committee was formed on September 2
under the chairmanship of the former President regarding One Nation One Election.

In this, 8 members including Home Minister Amit Shah and former MP Ghulam Nabi Azad were made. Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal was made a special member of the committee.

Adhir Ranjan’s name was also in this committee, but he had written a letter to Shah saying that he will not work in this committee, because it has been formed to deceive.

In India, at present the state assembly and country’s Lok Sabha elections are held at different times.

One Nation One Election means that Lok Sabha and Assembly elections should be held simultaneously in the entire country. That is, voters will cast their votes on the same day, at the same time or in a phased manner to elect members of the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

After independence, Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held simultaneously in 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967, but in 1968 and 1969, many Assemblies were dissolved prematurely. After that the Lok Sabha was also dissolved in 1970. Because of this, the tradition of one country, one election was broken.

When Modi government came to power at the Center in May 2014, soon after the debate started about one nation and one election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has advocated One Nation, One Election many times.

On the occasion of Constitution Day, Prime Minister Modi had once said – Today one country, one election is no longer just a matter of debate. This is the need of India. Therefore, this issue should be deeply discussed and studied.

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