Lok Sabha 2019 Elections To Be Advanced To 2018 To Link With State Polls?

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| August 14 , 2017 , 08:21 IST

All political parties are already gearing up for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to take place in 2019 to elect the next prime minister of the nation, however, a possibility is being discussed that the polls may be advanced to fall in sync with the assembly polls due in selected states in November-December 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often expressed his view that staggered assembly election prove to be a disruption to governance and are a financial burden. Conducting simultaneous elections will allow the elected governments to function more efficiently and waste less time.

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According to experts, the suggestion of holding simultaneous elections is entirely feasible.

"In the coming parliamentary polls, the elections to states due within six months or so can be held together as there is a provision that polls can be held within six months if elections are due. This can be done by the Election Commission. It does not require any amendment to Constitution," said constitutional expert and former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap.

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"If some states are due for polls in one year or so, and if it is your party (same as that at the Centre), the states can seek dissolution of assemblies for holding elections earlier," added Kashyap.

A greater challenge would be to achieve a political consensus amongst the various parties to agree to the changing of dates of the elections. If the Lok Sabha elections due in April 2019 are advanced to November-December 2018, they can be aligned with the state elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizroram.