‘Si­mul­ta­ne­ous polls pos­si­ble in 2024’

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MUM­BAI: Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war Thurs­day ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of si­mul­ta­ne­ous Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies polls in 2019, but said it could be hap­pen in 2024 if po­lit­i­cal par­ties reach a con­sen­sus.

He added that be­sides the Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies, elec­tions to mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions, mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils and zilla parishads (ZPS) could also be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously if there was a con­sen­sus among the par­ties.

Mun­gan­ti­war is the chair­man of the two-mem­ber com­mit­tee set up ear­lier this year by the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment to ex­am­ine the fea­si­bil­ity of si­mul­ta­ne­ous Lok Sabha and Assem­bly elec­tions, and send a re­port to the Cen­tre.

The first meet­ing of the com­mit­tee was held on July 31, while the se­cond one was con­ducted on Wed­nes­day (De­cem­ber 5). Speak­ing to select jour­nal­ists here, Mun­gan­ti­war said, “There is no plan by the Cen­tre to hold si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions in 2019. But it can take place in 2024 if po­lit­i­cal par­ties reach a con­sen­sus. The com­mit­tee formed on the is­sue will have to give its sug­ges­tions if si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions could be held in 2024.”

The state fi­nance min­is­ter added that the com­mit­tee will con­sider three ma­jor fac­tors.

“We spend a huge amount of time, money and man­power on con­duct­ing polls. It has been no­ticed that some­where in a state, there is an elec­tion code of con­duct in oper­a­tion for some elec­tion...” he said.

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