Rahul Gandhi criticizes ‘One Nation, One Election,’ calling it an attack on union and all states.

On Friday, the Central government announced the formation of a panel with the primary objective of investigating the feasibility of conducting simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. This initiative was met with criticism from Congress Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi, who characterized the ‘One Nation, One Election’ proposal as an assault on the unity of India and all its constituent states.

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Gandhi expressed his concerns on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), emphasizing that India, referred to as Bharat, is a Union of States, and the concept of ‘one nation, one election’ poses a direct threat to this union. The panel, chaired by former President Ram Nath Kovind, comprises key figures like Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former chairman of the 15th Finance Commission NK Singh, former Lok Sabha General Secretary Subash Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve, and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari. Additionally, MoS Law Arjun Ram Meghwal will attend committee meetings as a special invitee.

The committee’s mandate is to thoroughly examine and provide recommendations for conducting simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha, state legislative assemblies, municipalities, and panchayats while taking into account the existing constitutional framework and other relevant legal provisions.

However, this move has sparked political controversy, with Congress leader of Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury refusing to participate in the panel. In a letter addressed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chowdhury voiced his reservations, citing concerns about the committee’s predetermined conclusions and the timing of the proposal, which he believes raises suspicions about the government’s motives.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, also expressed skepticism, suggesting that the Central Government’s eagerness to implement this proposal could be driven by concerns about electoral outcomes following the formation of the INDIA alliance.

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