‘One Nation, One Election’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to set up a panel to study the feasibility and give suggestions on the idea of ‘One Nation, One Election’. Though Prime Minister made it clear that it was not an agenda of a single party but an issue of national importance, almost half of the political parties boycotted the meeting. This sends a warning signal that Modi government should not further proceed with the proposal.

Delving deep into the merits and demerits of the issue, one can finally arrive at a conclusion that ‘One nation and One Election’ idea is fundamentally anti-federal, anti-democratic and strikes at the root of the parliamentary system as ordained in the Constitution. The government is not clear on this issue and hence it is to be doubted whether there is any malafide intention in mooting this idea. Also, it is to be doubted whether the whole exercise is to bring ‘Presidential form of government through the backdoor.’

However, the panel will study the feasibility and give suggestions on this idea of ‘One nation, One Election.’ The fact that major opposition parties stayed away from attending the meeting shows that the idea is impossible to come through and it is like an attempt to boil the ocean. Anyway, the whole nation should accept and approve the proposal because India is a vast diverse country having different complexities which require the regional attentions. So, the idea ‘One nation, One election’ though appealing to everyone superficially, it has its own inherent limitations when applied or implemented in this vast nation.

T K Nandanan

nanduthejus@gmail.com

Kochi – 682 015.

 


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