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BJP Considering Holding Simultaneous Polls In 11 States In 2019: Sources

August 14, 2018 12:00 pm Category: SLIDER NEWS, TOP STORIES A+ / A-

BJP president Amit Shah on Monday wrote to the Law Commission stating his party was in favour of simultaneous elections, saying it would curb expenditure and ensure the nation is not in “election
mode” throughout the year.

A top party leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they are exploring the possibility of deferring assembly elections of some states by a few months and advancing some others.

BJP New Delhi: To underline its commitment to simultaneous polls, the BJP is considering holding assembly elections in
at least 11 states along with the Lok Sabha polls, which are due in the first half of the next year.
A top party leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they are exploring the possibility of
deferring assembly elections of some states by a few months and advancing some others to ensure they
are held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.

The terms of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assemblies will expire in January next year and
the governments of these BJP-ruled states may recommend a brief spell of governor’s rule so that
assembly elections there could be held with the Lok Sabha polls, he said.

The tenure of the assembly in the Congress-ruled Mizoram is ending in December this year.

BJP sources said other states where assembly polls can be advanced to enable it to be held with the Lok
Sabha polls are Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra – all under the BJP’s rule.

Assembly elections in these three states are also scheduled next year following the Lok Sabha polls.

Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana are anyway scheduled to be held with the
parliamentary polls, he said.

Another state where talks of advancing assembly elections are doing the rounds is Bihar, where they are
due in 2020 end. The BJP is a junior partner in the state government led by JDU’s Nitish Kumar.

Former Lok Sabha secretary general and constitutional expert PDT Acharya, however, questioned the legal
validity of imposing the governor’s rule in states where assembly elections are due before the Lok
Sabha polls.

The governor’s rule can be imposed only in case of constitutional breakdown, he said.

There is a view within the BJP that holding assembly elections of as many states as possible with the
Lok Sabha polls will be a positive plank in its favour as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly
emphasised his support to the idea.

With the opposition parties like the Congress being against the idea, the government is not in a
position to effect the constitutional amendment that the exercise of holding assembly and Lok Sabha
polls simultaneously would require.

By clubbing assembly elections in states ruled mostly by the BJP, the party would send a message that
it means business, its leaders said.

This would also help the party counter the anti-incumbency factor in states ruled by it.

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