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Ends a stag­gered elec­toral cy­cle where there is an av­er­age of more than five state elec­tions ev­ery year over­bur­den­ing par­ties and the elec­toral ma­chin­ery

Cuts back ris­ing elec­tion costs, and re­cur­ring de­ploy­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tive per­son­nel as polling staff

Re­duces the use of se­cu­rity re­sources/ po­lice per­son­nel for peace­ful con­duct of polls

En­forces the Model Code of Con­duct, which sus­pends ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tiv­ity and stalls rou­tine gov­er­nance, for a smaller pe­riod of time in­stead of al­low­ing it to kick in over gen­eral elec­toral cy­cles

Fewer elec­tions help curb cor­rup­tion and re­duce the num­ber of con­duits and flow of black money

Re­duces the num­ber of dis­rup­tions in the gov­er­nance process


Sti­fles di­ver­sity and coali­tion pol­i­tics that add to the vi­brancy of a democ­racy, which, in turn, im­pacts voter be­hav­iour and elec­toral out­comes

Neu­tralises anti–in­cum­bency in the states if there is a ma­jori­tar­ian gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre, mak­ing the Cen­tre-state re­la­tion­ship one of mas­ter and client

Di­min­ishes the role of re­gional par­ties

Cur­tails the leg­is­la­ture’s pow­ers to un­seat a gov­ern­ment as no Op­po­si­tion would be able to ta­ble a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion un­less it has the ca­pac­ity to also si­mul­ta­ne­ously form a new gov­ern­ment

Un­der­mines the spirit of fed­er­al­ism; tin­kers with many ba­sic prin­ci­ples that the Con­sti­tu­tion up­holds

Blurs the dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures of the po­lit­i­cal dis­course on na­tional and lo­cal is­sues, which should ide­ally re­main dis­tinct

Im­pacts the poor by di­min­ish­ing the only power they have—the right to vote

Di­verts at­ten­tion from more press­ing is­sues of elec­toral re­form, par­tic­u­larly the flaws of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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