CM supports PM on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

“Having elections throughout the year disturbs the working process for the people. Therefore we support the Prime Minister’s appeal for simultaneous elections. This will serve the country well,” said Patnaik.

Meanwhile, Law Commission Chairman Dr Justice BS Chauhan has written to BJD president and CM Minister Naveen Patnaik inviting to a meeting on July 7 and 8 in Delhi to “share valuable thoughts and suggestions” on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the country.

Justice Chauhan has asked Patnaik to nominate representative from his party in case of he is not able to attend.

“The Law Commission would like to interact with your party on Saturday or Sunday (July 7 or July 8), as it convenient to you. In order to facilitate the discussions, if you think is appropriate, you may send your thoughts to us, latest by June 30,” the letter read.

Simultaneous elections have worked for BJD in the State.

Patnaik-led BJD, which is in power in the State since 2000, had advanced the Assembly polls slated for 2005 and held it along with Lok Sabha election in 2004. At that time, while BJP failed to retain its power at the Centre, the regional party here managed to get clean sweep in the State.

However, the current political scenario and particularly the rise of BJP in the State may put some threat to the ruling dispensation.

The next Assembly elections are due in 2019. The Centre is contemplating to hold early polls along with a few State elections in November-December 2018. States like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh are going to polls in November-December 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been batting for the need for simultaneous elections.

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