90 Percent Chance General Elections To Be Held In November 2018, Says Ghulam Nabi Azad

| February 4 , 2018 , 09:37 IST

The Lok Sabha General Elections scheduled for 2019 may be held in November 2018 itself, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told Congress party workers on Saturday, saying that there was a 90 percent chance of the elections being held in November.

Although the ruling NDA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and most recently President Ram Nath Kovind have called for simultaneous state assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls, the Opposition parties, including Congress have slammed the proposal in the past.

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Azad's statements have hinted that the Opposition may be agreeable to coincide the Lok Sabha elections along with the state assembly polls taking place in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year.

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"You, as members, have served the party for so many years and now we need you to focus all your energy on realising our dream of winning the next election," said Azad, who is also the AICC general secretary in charge of UP.

At the beginning of the  Budget Session of Parliament 2018, President Kovind in his first joint address to the Parliament called for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, and his statement was seconded by PM Modi, calling for a debate on possibility for 'One Nation, One Election'.

Those in favour of the simultaneous elections have said that 'One Nation, One Election' would reduce expenses and save time as well. Those against the simultaneous polls say that it would be difficult to bring all the states into a consensus for 'One Nation, One Election'.