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PM Modi’s “One Nation One Election” Push Receives Mixed Political Response From Odisha

17 June 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “One Nation One Election” clarion call has received a mixed response from the senior political leaders of Odisha.

Senior Congress leader Panchanan Kanungo opined, “I don’t agree. In a federal structure, simultaneous election is not possible in all the States. Can we dissolve a State Government midway having completed tenure of three years out of the constitutional five years? Impossible and unjustified in a democratic system.”

“Let there be one day election as used to be previously. Polling should be held on one or two days. It is being held now in seven phases. That should be reduced as poll expenditure has increased.”  

Senior BJD leader Prafulla Chandra Ghadai reacted, “It’s my personal opinion. If simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha are conducted, we could save time as well as the developmental activities from being hampered due to repeated imposition of model code of conduct. Also lots of expenditure burden are being borne. By the simultaneous elections, the country will also be saved and there will be no heavy expenditure. Elections should be held simultaneously.”

He added, “Our Chief Minister will certainly express his opinion on this matter taking into consideration the benefits our State and its people could reap by such an exercise.”

“Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections must be conducted simultaneously for the larger interest of the nation,” he stressed.

Senior journalist and political analyst Dilip Bisoi said, “The Prime Minister has convened two meetings. In one meeting on June 17 (today) he will be meeting all the parliamentary party leaders of all the parties. After that, he will be meeting all the MPs irrespective of parties.”

“It appears that such a meeting has two purposes. Firstly, he would appeal all the MPs to cooperate in the smooth functioning of the Parliament. Secondly, he will raise the ‘One Nation One Election’ issue. A bill in this respect may be presented in the Parliament. Hence, he is trying to create an opinion with the help of the MPs and leaders,” he opined.

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Panchanan Kanungo, Senior Leader, Congress, Odisha

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Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Senior Leader, BJD

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Dilip Bisoi, Senior Journalist