One nation, One election: Centre appoints HM Amit Shah, Cong MP Chowdhury, 6 others as panel members
One nation, One election: The government of India has constituted an 8-member committee to examine ‘One nation, One election’. The committee will be headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind.
Moreover, other members appointed to the committee are - Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Former Rajya Sabha LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Chairperson of 15th Finance Commission NK Singh, former Lok Sabha Secretary General Dr Subhash C Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari.
The 'one nation, one election' concept revolves around the idea of synchronizing Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) and state assembly elections to occur simultaneously across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have consistently advocated for this approach, with it even finding a place in the party's 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto.
Historically, India followed the practice of conducting elections simultaneously until 1967, when four elections were held concurrently. However, this practice was disrupted after certain state assemblies were prematurely dissolved in 1968-69. The Lok Sabha itself was dissolved a year ahead of schedule for the first time in 1971, leading to mid-term elections. The current move to explore the 'one nation, one election' concept is aimed at examining the feasibility and potential benefits of reintroducing simultaneous elections in the country.
- With inputs from agencies