'Public benefit': Ex-President Ramnath Kovind backs ‘one nation, one election’
PTC News Desk: Former President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the chairman of a high-level committee looking into the possibility of holding "one nation, one election," said on Monday that India should hold simultaneous parliamentary and state assembly elections, urging all political parties to support the idea in the national interest.
"If one nation, one poll is implemented, the party in power at the Centre will benefit, whether it is the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), Congress, or any other political party, and there is no discrimination in that," Kovind said at a press conference in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh. "The public will be most benefited from it, and the amount of revenue generated by saving money from simultaneous elections could be used for the development of the country."
Several committees, including a parliamentary panel, the Niti Aayog, and the Election Commission of India, have submitted reports in support of simultaneous elections, according to the former President.
"The government established a high-level committee and named me chairman. Members of the committee, along with members of the public, will make recommendations to the government on how to reintroduce this tradition," Kovind said.
- With inputs from agencies