Niti Aayog proposes tenure rejig of Assemblies for joint state, LS polls
The tenures of half of the state Assemblies need to be curtailed by 3 to 15 months and the rest extended by up to a year to enable simultaneous state and Lok Sabha elections, the government’s policy think tank has said in a report.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a strong advocate of simultaneous elections, but most political parties aren’t enthused by the idea.
The NITI Aayog’s discussion paper bats for simultaneous elections stating that frequent polls change the focus of policy making because “short-sighted populist” and “politically safe” measures are accorded higher priority.
The Election Commission is holding consultations with all parties to try to build a consensus on the issue.
Instead of holding elections in two to five states every year, the report has proposed elections in two cycles with an interregnum of 30 months: 14 states to go to polls along with that of the Lok Sabha in one phase (in April-May 2019) and the remaining states in the next cycle two-and-a-half years later (in OctoberNovember 2021).