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People’s opinion for holding Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections simultaneously to be gathered

3/23/2018

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal The first meeting of the state level committee, constituted after the important initiative of the Madhya Pradesh government to hold deliberations in connection to the simultaneous elections of Loksabha and Vidhansabha elections, concluded at Mantralaya today. The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has nominated the Minister for Public Relations, Water Resources and Parliament Affairs Dr. Narottam Mishra as the Chairman of the state level committee. A decision was taken in the meeting held today, that the state level committee will also organize meetings at other regions of the state to know views of the various sections of the society on this important issue related to the national interest. The next meeting of the committee will be held on April 2. The Chairman of the committee Dr. Narottam Mishra said that the tenure of vidhsnsabha of different states of the country ends at different time. In this case, loksabha election along with the vidhansbha elections of the states is not practical. Therefore, election in 2 segments has been considered as more practical, under which the vidhansabha elections of most of the states along with the loksabha should be conducted and in the second segment, the elections in the rest of the states will be held simultaneously. By obtaining views from the legal experts, thinkers, media representatives, public representatives and common man in this connection, we can move ahead towards the conclusion. Member of the committee and Chairman of the Tourism Corporation Tapan Bhoumik said that besides holding elections of Loksabha and Vidhansabha simultaneously, elections of nagar palikas and other local bodies should also be conducted concurrently. There is a need to prepare a single voter list. Senior social activist Vishnu Dutt Sharma mentioned that the important views on holding election together will be obtained from the common man by organising meetings in different regions of the state. Additional Chief Secretary of Narmada Valley Development Authority Rajnish Vaish informed that the process of deliberations as regard to holding Loksabha and Vidhansabha elections simultaneously has been concluded at the level of Government of India. Advices of various committees and NITI ayog have been received during the last few years. Committee’s Member S.N. Rupla stated that an initiative to know public opinion from the states is important before the process of necessary amendments in the constitution. Principal Secretary Parliamentary Affairs department and Coordinator of the Committee Smt. Vira Rana was present on the occasion.

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