Niti Aayog for simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly polls from 2024

New Delhi: The Niti Aayog has suggested a synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly polls from 2024 so as to ensure minimum ‘campaign-mode’ disruption to governance. Outlining the details, the policy think-tank has said implementing the proposal may necessitate “a maximum one-time curtailment or extension of some state assemblies”
It has made the Election Commission the nodal agency to look into the suggestion and recommended setting up of a working group of stakeholders for deciding a road-map for synchronised elections. A report in this regard need to be finalised within six months and final blue-print will be ready by next March, as per draft three-year action agenda for 2017-18 to 2019-20. The draft report was circulated among the Governing Council members (consisting of chief ministers of all states and others) of the Niti Aayog on 23 April.

The recommendation assumes significance as President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pitched for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls. “All elections in India should happen in a free, fair and synchronised manner so as to cause minimum ‘campaign-mode’ disruption to governance. We may begin work towards switching to a synchronised two-phase election from the 2024 election to the Lok Sabha,” the Niti Aayog draft report says. This would require a maximum one-time curtailment or extension of some state assemblies, it said


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