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TRS supports BJP on issue of simultaneous Lok Sabha, Assembly polls

At the start of the Budget session, President Ram Nath Kovind had called for a “sustained debate” on holding simultaneous polls, saying all parties need to reach a consensus on the issue.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:45 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Polling officers collect electronic voting machines(EVM) and polling materials before leaving for polling booths in Uttar Pradesh. (PTI File Photo)

Telangana’s ruling party is on board with the BJP on the issue of simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, a senior party leader said.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s  floor leader in the Lok Sabha, the representative from Mahbubnagar, Jithender Reddy, said that such a synchronised exercise would cut costs, save time and ensure governments focus on development. “We are for it... It will give us time to focus on administration for five years, instead of every time going to elections,” Reddy said. “It will save money and time; you can focus on the development of the state.”

On January 29, President Ram Nath Kovind called for a “sustained debate” on holding simultaneous polls, saying all parties need to reach a consensus on the issue.

In his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget session, Kovind said citizens alive to the state of governance in the country were concerned about frequent elections in one part of the country or another, which adversely affected the economy and development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has made repeated pitches for holding simultaneous elections, including one on January 29, in a meeting with members of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Modi has previously said that like festivals, elections should be held on fixed dates so that governments can function for five years.

He also said that barbs exchanged during campaigning in one state have a bearing in other parts of the country which were not going to polls.

Modi was of the view that once the elections are held together, the central and the state governments can devote the next five years to governance.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 14:18 IST