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President Pranab Mukherjee backs simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly polls

The President said that frequent elections, which require the code of conduct to be in place, disrupt regular functioning of the government.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 6, 2016 12:58:05 am
Pranab Mukherjee, Lok Sabha, assembly polls, state legislative assembly, indian political system, india news Pranab Mukherjee addresses students at Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Supporting the idea of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies, President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that such a system could ensure political and administrative stability.

Mukherjee said that frequent elections, which require the code of conduct to be in place, disrupt regular functioning of the government, and that political parties could collectively take a decision on the issue. The President was addressing 60 class XI students at the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya on Rashtrapati Bhavan premises on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.

Mukherjee was responding to one of the students, who had asked what he thought about the proposal to hold concurrent elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas.

“With some election or the other throughout the year, normal activities of the government come to a standstill because of code of conduct. This is an idea the political leadership should think of. If political parties collectively think, we can change it,” said Mukherjee.

General and assembly polls were held at the same time between 1951 and 1967. Explaining how simultaneous polls were held on four occasions, he said, “The executive, legislature and all participants of the political spectrum have to think of this problem to ensure administrative and political stability.”

Mukherjee delivered a 50-minute lecture on ‘Politics in India since Independence’ at the event, organised by the Delhi government. He touched upon introduction of parliamentary democracy in India, origin of the Indian National Congress as a platform for freedom fighters, and the evolution of BJP from its Jan Sangh days.

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