New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of ‘One Nation, One Poll’ or simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and state assemblies faced its first hurdle on Wednesday as chiefs of some prominent parties decided to skip the first meeting on the issue.
To start with, Congress, which is the largest opposition party, skipped the meeting along with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has been at loggerheads with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) also skipped the crucial meeting along with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was among the leaders who skipped the meeting called by Modi.
“The decision of the government not to go back to ballot paper system of election and continue with EVMs is a threat to democracy and constitution. People are losing faith in EVMs. If the meeting was called to discuss this issue I would have definitely taken part in it," BSP chief Mayawati said in a post on Twitter.
However, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and Telanaga Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) have decided to send their representatives to the meeting. The Left parties, which are opposed to the idea of simultaneous polls, are also attending the meeting.
Modi has been talking about the idea of holding simultaneous elections in the country since his first term as PM. This was the first time he has called heads of all political parties who have representatives in Parliament to discuss the idea of simultaneous polls. Members of the union government believe that if the idea gets implemented, it will not only save the country’s resources but will also allow both union government and state governments to fasten the process of policy making.