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Hold all polls in one go: Shanta

Senior BJP leader and party national vice-president Shanta Kumar on Wednesday mooted the idea of holding simultaneous elections from Panchayats to Lok Sabha once in a five years to save the nation from exorbitant expenditure on elections time and again.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: February 2, 2012 2:57:36 am

Senior BJP leader and party national vice-president Shanta Kumar on Wednesday mooted the idea of holding simultaneous elections from Panchayats to Lok Sabha once in a five years to save the nation from exorbitant expenditure on elections time and again.

Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh,Kumar,said a statement issued at Palampur that if Parliament and Vidhan Sabha elections were held collectively,this would save the government Rs 12,000 crore,besides several lakhs and crores spent by candidates and parties in the run-up to the elections.

“Every aspirant in election spends lakhs of rupees from his pocket and liquor is distributed lavishly to voters. Almost every year,when elections are held in some states,every party,government and their leaders get busy in elections and the government’s work gets struck,” he said.

Terming democracy as “electioncracy”,Kumar said that parties and governments have no time to think about basic problems faced by the nation. He appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take an initiative to amend the election laws. If any post falls vacant,the candidate who had bagged the second position during the concerned election should be declared elected. “This will stop the need to hold bypolls as well,” said Kumar.

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