Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said a committee will be formed to examine threadbare the issue of ‘One Country, One Election’, and come up with suggestions in a time-bound manner.
The issue of simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies was one of five items discussed at an all-party meeting Wednesday. It was attended by presidents and chiefs of 21 of 40 parties invited to the meeting. Three parties, TDP, AAP and AIADMK, sent their comments through letters while NDA partner Shiv Sena did not attend
because it was busy with its Foundation Day Wednesday.
Those who boycotted the meeting included Congress president Rahul Gandhi, TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, SP president Akhilesh Yadav and DMK president M K Stalin.
After the meeting, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “All the parties present supported the idea. CPM and CPI opposed it only on the question of how it can be done. No one has opposed the idea itself. We take differences of opinion also very seriously and value such comments. The PM has decided to form a committee and that committee will take into consideration all these things.”