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INDIA discusses 'one' election, but says it's not possible

Updated on: 01 September,2023 10:29 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Dharmendra Jore |

CPI general secretary S Raja says the bloc has flagged the BJP's move, will oppose it vehemently

INDIA discusses 'one' election, but says it's not possible

general secretary of the Communist Party of India, D Raja

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INDIA discusses 'one' election, but says it's not possible

The Opposition front INDIA has taken note of the Centre's move to have 'one nation one election' as well as possibility of early Lok Sabha elections. The leaders of 28 parties met informally Thursday night to discuss this issue, among others, confirmed the general secretary of the Communist Party of India, D Raja, Friday morning.

Raja's views can be taken as a collective thinking of the parties gathered in Mumbai for a two-day meeting, their third to strategize the way to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party. It appeared that the Opposition was not much warry of the move but it would protest and block the 'one nation one election ' bill in the special session of the Parliament later this month, and at the same time, get prepared for any eventuality, considering the BJP's way of seeing through their agenda in the law making house.

Raja said the 'one nation one vision' election theory was not practically and constitutionally possible in the country that is so diverse culturally, socially and politically.

"The BJP is obsessed with this idea ever since it came to power. It is desperate. It should first discuss free and fair elections, and stop using money power (in the elections," he told mid-day on the sidelines of the conclave in Santacruz.

"It is BJP's agenda..but it cannot throw the Constitution away just like that, because the tenure of the Assemblies and Lok Sabha are fixed. Why will Tamil Nadu be ready to hold elections along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh? Why does BJP want to terminate the terms of Assemblies ?" asked the veteran, when told about a committee that has been formed by the Centre to act on 'one nation one election' agenda.

"There cannot be such a system in a culturally, socially and politically diverse nation like us," he stated further, saying PM Narendra Modi's argument that the elections held on different times incurred a huge cost to the nation, was without any substance.

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