Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-emphasised the need to introduce the "One Nation, One Election" formula to save time and money of the country, on Thursday. He said "One Nation, One Election" is not a matter of debate, but this is the need for India. The Prime Minister stressed the idea while addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPO) via video conferencing in Gujarat's Kevadia on the occasion of the celebrations of Constitution Day on November 26.
PM suggested the single voters' list should be prepared for the Lok Sabha, assembly and panchayat polls, saying that separate lists are a waste of resources. "Only one voter list should be used for Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and other elections. Why're we wasting time and money on these lists? 'One Nation, One Election' isn't just an issue of deliberation, but also need of the country. It hampers the developmental work and all of you know about it. We must think about it seriously and office-holders can lead deliberations on this. I would urge you to take initiatives to make aspects of our Constitution more popular among our youth and that too, through innovative methods," said the Prime Minister.
PM is committed to this idea since he first became Prime Minister in 2014. Modi had been stressing for holding a constructive dialogue to enable the Election Commission to hold elections simultaneously to bring down expenses. He also say the expense and time can be used to implement welfare schemes. Previously, PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taken up the idea but could not be ultimately pursued.