The high-level committee on ‘One Nation, One Election’ under the chairmanship of Ramnath Kovind held talks with representatives of three political parties on the idea of holding simultaneous elections in the country. Trinamool Congress (TMC) representatives Sudip Bandopadhyay and Kalyan Bandopadhyay once again reiterated before the committee the party’s views on simultaneous elections across the country, which they had submitted to the committee through a letter dated January 11, 2024. Along with this, a three-member delegation of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu and Muraleedharan also met the committee members and expressed their stand.
Let us tell you that the party had already submitted its views to HLC in written form. Whereas, Samajwadi Party’s KK. Srivastava and Harishchandra Singh Yadav informed the committee about their party’s stand on holding simultaneous elections in the country. Earlier, the Samajwadi Party had also submitted its views in writing to the committee. On the other hand, the high level committee formed on One Nation One Election under the chairmanship of former President of India Ramnath Kovind also consulted with industrial representatives on the subject of holding simultaneous elections in the country.
A delegation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) met the committee regarding this and expressed its views in this matter. Explaining the views of the FICCI delegation, the members said that they all support the concept of One Nation One Election, as multiple elections at different levels have an adverse effect on the business system and also Causes slowness in decision making. FICCI further suggested that holding simultaneous elections in the country would reduce expenditure and this savings could be used to promote economic growth and employment generation.