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One nation, one election: JD(U), SP, TRS support simultaneous polls; DMK terms it 'unconstitutional'

The regional parties including Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, DMK, AIADMK, RLD and Shiromani Akali Dal are currently participating in a two-day meeting organised by law Commission on the matter.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 08, 2018 13:18 IST ]
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One nation, one election: JD(U), SP, TRS support simultaneous polls; DMK terms it 'unconstitutional'

The Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) today came out in support of 'one nation, one election' or simultaneous elections. The JD(U) passed the resolution during its ongoing national executive meet in New Delhi.  

Samajwadi Party's leader Ram Gopal Yadav told media that his party was in the favour of simultaneous elections as long as the new rule begins from 2019 and are secure from horse trading. In case public representatives switch sides or indulge in horse trading, action should be taken against them by the LG with a week, Yadav said on the sidelines of the two-day a Law Commission meeting with representatives of political parties to hold deliberations on Modi's one nation, one election plan. 

The regional parties participating include the Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, DMK, AIADMK, RLD and Shiromani Akali Dal. 

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TRS chairman K Chandrashekar Rao in his letter to Law Commission stated that TRS was strongly in favour of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies.

Meanwhile, DMK working president MK Stalin, who also wrote a letter to Law Commission stated that DMK was of the firm opinion that the proposed call for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislatures goes against the basic tenets of our Constitution. 

Earlier, Trinamool Congress described the concept of "one nation, one election" proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "impractical and unconstitutional".

Holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls was against the basic provisions of the Constitution, senior TMC lawmaker Kalyan Banerjee, also a Supreme Court lawyer on Saturday. 

Also read | Lok Sabha elections 2019: Law Commission to discuss simultaneous polls with parties

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