Simultaneous polls can reduce expense: Prez

Simultaneous polls can reduce expense: Prez
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Simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State assemblies can help reduce difficulties in terms of expenditure and management, President Pranab Mukherjee said and asked the Election Commission to take the initiative in bringing political parties on one platform to discuss the issue.

New Delhi: Simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State assemblies can help reduce difficulties in terms of expenditure and management, President Pranab Mukherjee said and asked the Election Commission to take the initiative in bringing political parties on one platform to discuss the issue.

"If political parties arrive at a consensus to make amendment to the Constitution and if the initiative is taken by the Election Commission, as they have earned the reputation of impartiality...I do believe that if political parties seriously agree on this issue with the help of EC, it may be possible," he said.

BJP veteran L K Advani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mukherjee have supported this idea in the past. After the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law supported simultaneous polls in its December, 2015 report, the government had sought the views of EC in this regard.

The Commission had made it clear that it would need nearly Rs 10 thousand crore, more EVMs and more security personnel for the massive exercise. It had also pointed to the amendments the Constitution would require for the purpose.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the voters in Punjab to bring back the ruling SAD-BJP government for accelerated development of the state, saying Congress is a "sinking ship".

The SAD-BJP government headed by CM Parkash Singh Badal has done a "tremendous and remarkable work for the upliftment of the state", he said, as he appealed to voters to vote for the ruling coalition for "further accelerated development of the state".

Rajnath praised Punjab and Punjabis, saying the state is famous for its brave jawans and hard-working farmers who meet the country's food requirements. BJP's Arunesh Kumar is contesting from Mukerian.

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