TN parties differ over ‘One Nation; One Election’ move

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: June 18, 2019 14:37 IST
TN parties differ over ‘One Nation; One Election’ move

Tamil Nadu regional parties have differed the motion passed by the PM Modi, “One Nation; One Election” for which he has called a meeting of all parties on June 19 at New Delhi. While regarding the ruling parties AIADMK is talking about filling its full term and willing to look at this beyond 2024, the against DMK feels like a move is impossible to execute.
Deputy Minister of AIADMK C Ve Shanmugam and RS floor leader A Navaneethakrishnan to present that meeting on June 19. “In its earlier representation to the Law Commission in New Delhi last year, the party demanded that the ruling dispensation should be allowed to complete its full term until 2021, but said it had no objections to simultaneous polls from 2024, if necessary. It remains unclear if the party high command maintains its status given the political dynamics,” a senior leader requesting anonymity.
“We had already taken a stand on this and I do not think there will be any change on that now. Our utmost concern is to complete the present term. Even last year, when the topic surfaced, the Modi government was to advance elections to six states, including Maharashtra and Jharkhand, which are to face assembly polls in a few months from now. But, they did not do it,” expressed another senior leader.
The DMK was of the star that it was not possible to execute and depended on different factors. “While we had general elections in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998 and 1999, the Lok Sabha was dissolved in 1991, 1998 and 1999 for want of a majority for the ruling dispensation. If such a case is too arising later, will the state assemblies, where the ruling party may be in a majority, be dissolved?” DMK leader and party’s RS member T K S Elangovan said, “Several states are ruled by parties, which have little or no role at the Centre. Their mandates are different. Such a move is not needed at all and it is impossible to implement it.”
“Our youth wing leader (Anbumani Ramadoss) had earlier said it was a good move, considering the cost benefits. But it is practically not possible to implement. Our party is yet to take a call on this,” PMK leader K Balu said. “From lowering expenditure aspect, it is a welcome move. But there are issues in implementing it,” he stated.
Ex-Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy stated that “But implementation wise there are problems and needs constitutional amendments. It is difficult to implement. While administrative wise, we will need more administrative work for the legislatures. But constitutional obstacles must be addressed and changed.”