It is time to start a conversation on simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a Diwali Milan gathering at the BJP headquarters here on Thursday. “I see that some conversations have stopped and need to be revived. For example, the conversation on holding Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously needs to be revived, the media should play a role there. The code of conduct, observers who have to stay in those locations for two to three months, development work comes to a halt. Political parties will not talk about it openly but if it is good, there should be a conversation in its favour; and even if it isn’t, that should come out.
But it is important to keep the talks on,” Modi said in a brief speech. This is not the first time PM Modi has pitched for simultaneous state and parliamentary polls. He had said on an earlier occasion that there was a demand that polls to Assemblies, Parliament and local bodies happen at one go so that elections and development work can be kept separate.
While the PM steered clear of any mention of the surgical strikes — which has been common in the BJP lexicon of late — BJP president Amit Shah invoked the strikes across the LoC to highlight the “state of euphoria” the country is currently in and how much progress has been achieved in the two-and-a-half years of NDA rule.
“The entire nation is in a state of euphoria after the surgical strikes. The Prime Minister’s decision to spend his Diwali with the jawans at the border was an opportunity to send the emotions of the people to them. When we came, the country was in a haze, nobody knew what direction India would take. But now, because of the Prime Minister’s individual image and leadership, everyone recognises India as one of the foremost countries in the world,” Shah said in his speech. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was among those on the dais.