New Delhi: Extending his support for the ambitious ‘one nation, one poll’ idea, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asked all newly elected members of the 17th Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to support the idea which will help in development of the country.
Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament of the first session of the 17 Lok Sabha, Kovind said that due to frequent elections being held in some part of the country, the pace and continuity of development programmes have been impacted.
“Our countrymen have demonstrated their wisdom by delivering a clear verdict both at State and National issues. ‘One Nation – Simultaneous Elections’ is the need of the hour, which would facilitate accelerated development, thereby benefiting our countrymen. With such a system in place, all political parties, according to their respective ideologies, will be able to better utilise their energy towards development and public welfare. Therefore, I urge all Members of Parliament to seriously ponder over this development oriented proposal of ‘One Nation - Simultaneous Elections’," said President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday.
President further said that he believed that the union government, political parties, states and 130 crore people of the country were all committed to India’s integrated and accelerated development.
“Our vibrant democracy has also matured adequately. During the last few decades, due to frequent elections being held in some part of the country or the other, the pace and continuity of development programmes have been impacted," he added.
Speaking to the parliamentarians of both the Houses, Kovind urged them all to work towards building a New India and to discharge your duties with utmost sincerity over the next five years.
“All of us have to move ahead with the resolve to realise the idea of New India by the year 2022 when we celebrate the 75 th anniversary of India’s independence. Thus, in the New India in the 75 th year of its independence farmers’ income will be doubled, every poor will have a house, every poor will have access to clean fuel, every poor will have electricity connection, no poor will be compelled to defecate in the open, every poor will have access to medical facilities, every village in the country will be connected by roads, River Ganga will flow uninterrupted, and pollution free and in collaboration with states, India will be close to becoming a $ 5 trillion economy," President said in his speech.
President further said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was working on the principles of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas’, it was the endeavour of my union government to ensure that no citizen is left behind in India’s journey of development.
“My Government is committed to that very idea of nation-building, the foundation for which was laid in 2014. While fulfilling the basic needs of the countrymen, now the Government is moving forward towards realising their aspirations of building a strong, safe, prosperous and all-inclusive India. This journey is inspired by the basic spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas’," President said.