Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday once again batted for ‘One Nation One Eldctions’ while addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference via video conference. Modi also paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and asserted that India is fighting terrorism now with new policy and new process.
Pitching strongly for ‘One Nation, One Election’, Modi said it is not just a matter of debate, this is the need of India.
“Elections are held at different places every few months, the impact it has on development works is known to all. Therefore, it is a must to have deep study and deliberation on ‘One Nation, One Election’,” Modi said.
The prime minister also suggested a single voters’ list for Lok Sabha, assembly and panchayat polls, saying separate lists are a waste of resources.
Legislature, Executive and Judiciary should work with better coordination and national interest should be the basis for every decision, Modi said.
“We must remember that when politics take over people and nation-first policies, the nation has to pay adversely in such situations,” he said.
He also cited the example of delay in the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, saying it kept lingering and was completed after years.
“This could have happened earlier if development was given precedence. Those who stalled it, have no repentance,” he said in a clear attack on the Congress.
The All India Presiding Officers Conference began in 1921, and the Gujarat event marks its centenary year.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Harmonious Coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary- Key to a Vibrant Democracy’.