Renewing his pitch for ‘One nation, One election’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it was not a matter of debate but a necessity for the country as he sought support for the idea of clubbing Lok Sabha and assembly polls to save resources and time.
“One nation, one election is not only a subject of debate but a necessity for India. There is an election in India every month, which hampers development,” Modi said while addressing the concluding session of the All India Presiding Officers’ Conference.
“Why should the country waste so much money?” he asked.
Modi urged the presiding officers of different legislatures to take initiative in this direction as he said the idea of ‘one nation one election’ needed to be intensely engaged with. “You all should ponder over this idea that there should be one voters’ list, and find a way out,” he added.
He said there was uniformity in the voting age, which is 18 years, so there was no point wasting time. “Presiding officers should take the initiative towards full digitisation and legislators, I am sure, will adapt to it,” he added.