Early to talk about allies: Congress on 2019 Lok Sabha poll

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 23, 2018

The meeting was attended by lawmakers of different political parties, senior officials of the Election Commission and government.

The Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice discussed electoral reforms. "But this changed dramatically later and it has become now a burden on the state exchequer and government machinery which remains busy in electioneering and have little time for governance", he said.Mr Chhina said no Prime Minister or the leader of national repute ever thought about this menace but visionary Mr Modi has taken this initiative now.

Sources said many members questioned the recent statement by Central Election Commissioner-designate O.P. Rawat in favour of simultaneous elections. He said a lot of money would be saved if elections are held just once in five years and it will also check the flow of the black money thrust into the as election expenditure.

"How can they seek simultaneous elections?" They said the Left party had compulsions and could not afford to be seen joining hands with the Congress ahead of February Assembly polls in Tripura.

Congress insiders acknowledged that the priority for regional parties was to consolidate their vote banks than to think of next Lok Sabha polls. In 2018, 13 States will go to the polls, nine in 2019 and one in 2020.

The Left, SP and BSP had come together with the Congress during the Presidential elections past year, former ally JD (U) joined hands with the BJP citing the lack of a focused Opposition narrative ahead of 2019 polls.Congress managers are however hopeful of the regional parties coming together before the 2019 polls. A constitutional amendment would have to be cleared by both Houses of Parliament. It would have to be ratified by the Assemblies of half of the States.

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