Being in continuous election mode roadblock to good governance: Milind Deora differs from Congress view



Maharashtra Congress President Milind Deora on Wednesday supported Prime Minister Narendra Modis idea of one nation, one poll and urged the opposition leaders to show pragmatism, objectivity, and far-sightedness when dealing with this issue. In a statement, Deora said that the union governments proposal to hold simultaneous elections is worthy of debate. .I believe that being in continuous election mode is a roadblock to good governance, distracts politicians from addressing real issues and adds populism to the character of governance which is not necessarily a long term solution to some of the gravest problems Indians face, the Congress leader said. He also rejected the belief that the party in power in the Centre will benefit more in simultaneous polls. I am yet to see evidence which suggests that if elections to Vidhan Sabhas are held simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections, it will help the party that is in power nationally, the former Congress MP said. He also cited the examples of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh that elected the parties that were not even in an alliance with the BJP. Deora said that Indias 70-year electoral journey has taught us that the voters can differentiate between state and central polls. Our democracy is neither fragile nor immature and debate of one nation-one poll calls for an open mind on either side of the spectrum, he added. Ironically, his party president Rahul Gandhi did not attend the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss simultaneous polls. The Congress sent no representative to the meeting held in New Delhi today. My personal views on the ongoing #OneNationOneElection debate pic.twitter.com\/dUxP5BeJ80 The Prime Minister had invited the presidents of all political parties which have at least one member either in the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha for the meeting to discuss the simultaneous polls. Among the leaders who showed up for the meet were NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI-M general Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPIs D Raja, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, Odisha CM and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, NC patriarch Farooq Abdullah and National Peoples Party leader Conard Sangma. Among the leaders who gave a miss to the meet were Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, DMKs MK Stalin, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Delhi CM and Aam Admi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal. Ahead of the meet, Banerjee had written a letter saying she would need more time to have a consultation with party leaders and experts. Last year in August, the Law Commission had suggested for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and Assemblies to save time and public money.

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