New Delhi: The debate on the idea of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies got support from President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday was taking a special class on the ‘Evolution of Indian Politics’.

He addressed 60 students Class XI and XII of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in the Presidential Estate on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day.

“You are absolutely correct.

Today throughout the year some election or the other is happening and regular work comes to a standstill with code of conduct being implemented. This doesn’t only stop work in the state but also in the central government," Mukherjee said, responding to a question from the students on simultaneous elections.

“Having proved our mettle by successfully implementing our parliamentary policies, if political parties come to decide … All participants of political spectrum have to think about this problem and how to address to ensure political stability," he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts in April supported the idea saying that otherwise “things get stalled and a lot of time is spent on elections". The issue was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto in the 2014 elections.

In June, the Election Commission (EC) of India has told the law ministry that it supports the idea of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies.

The law ministry had sought the EC’s views on the recommendation.

Mukherjee, who started his professional career as a college teacher in West Bengal, went back to the role after being invited by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to teach students and address teachers.

The Delhi government had invited him last year to take a class on the ‘Political History of India’.

In his one-hour long address on Monday, Mukherjee said, “Parliamentary government system, formation of the government on the basis of the electoral result, re-organisation of the states on the basis of language, emergence of political parties, formation of coalition governments—all these major developments took place since Independence. There were problems in the middle of all of this but you have to keep in mind the backdrop in which the constitution was drafted."

Commenting on economic development in the state, Mukherjee said that despite eight years of international slowdown particularly the contribution of advance economies, India is emerging as one of the fastest growing economies.

Greeting teachers on the occasion, Mukherjee said that teachers need to imbibe technology and new methodologies to create modern and effective approaches to teaching and learning.

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