Jamili Elections has been the longstanding issue under contemplation. While many are still not aware of the term ‘Jamili Election’, the word which means paired or coupled it is the concept under which the entire nation will be going to election at the same time.
It was in 2016 that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in 2016 had given the idea of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha, Assembly and local bodies. The main argument taken up by the government is that the frequent elections would affect the functioning of the bureaucracy.
It can be noted that the issue was taken up by the Election Commission of India which held a series of meeting with political parties. Several parties including a few BJP led state governments at the meeting raised concerns over the elections opining that it would be not possible as the state needs to wait for 5 years to convene elections in case if the governments fall.
One more concern is that it is against Federal spirit envisioned in the country’s constitution as the state governments that recently assumed offices are forced to resign and dissolve their governments.
In a recent development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday yet again pitched for ‘One Nation, One Elections’ yet again in the wake of polls in a few states. Addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference via video conference, Modi in his speech emphasised that it is not just a matter of debate, this is the need of India.