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    Simultaneous polls unworkable for now

    It appears most unlikely that the idea to hold elections simultaneously to Parliament and State assemblies can be implemented for the next general elections even partially. That both Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat and Law Commission chairman Justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan have cautioned against jumping into it without adequate homework should itself dispel any thought of steamrollering it. Apart from the logistic unworkability that Rawat has talked about, Justice Chauhan

  • Govt working on simultaneous polls

    New Delhi : The Government is working on the simultaneous polls of the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies. Contrary to a view that it is the ruling BJP agenda, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad clarified that the idea came from a parliamentary standing committee on personnel, law and justice that gave certain recommendations for holding the simultaneous polls.

  • Early poll ruled out

    There has been some talk in the capital about an early Lok Sabha election. Those who argue on those lines believe that a simultaneous parliamentary election along with those to the State assemblies of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will help the ruling party. It is suggested that Modi will not only return to power, albeit with a reduced majority, but will also help the party retain power in these States, thus

  • Consider simultaneous polls seriously

    President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the joint session of Parliament the other day made a strong pitch for examining the possibility of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies. Prime Minister Modi had earlier reiterated the same idea on multiple occasions. Admittedly, it was L K Advani in his capacity as the President of the BJP a few years ago who had first sought a debate

  • EVM-tampering lame excuse for poll defeat

    It is unfortunate that ill-founded doubts have been cast on the credibility of the Election Commission and of the results of recent elections to state assemblies in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. That this has been done by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, supported by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mamata Banerjee who had no involvement in these elections, is a measure of