JP Nadda, BJP Chief, meets RN Kovind, ‘One Nation, One Election’ Panel Chief.

Former President Ram Nath Kovind has been appointed to lead a committee aimed at investigating the feasibility and mechanisms for the reinstatement of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, a practice that was in place until 1967.

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In New Delhi, BJP Chief JP Nadda held a meeting with Ram Nath Kovind shortly after the former President was entrusted with the responsibility of chairing the committee to assess the viability of “one nation, one election.” Mr. Nadda visited Mr. Kovind’s residence in the national capital during the morning hours. Nevertheless, specific details regarding the meeting are not immediately available.

Since assuming office in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consistently advocated for the concept of synchronized elections, encompassing local body polls, citing the financial strain caused by almost continual election cycles and the disruption of development work during the election period.

Ram Nath Kovind, while serving as President from 2017, echoed Prime Minister Modi’s stance and expressed his support for the concept. During an address to Parliament in 2018, he remarked, “Frequent elections not only impose a substantial burden on human resources but also hinder the development process due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct.”

Similar to Prime Minister Modi, he called for a sustained debate and expressed hope that all political parties would reach a consensus on this matter.

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