One Nation, One Election: The first formal meeting of the ‘One Nation One Election’ committee, chaired by former President Ramnath Kovind, is slated to convene at his Delhi residence today. The previous week saw the central government’s renewed emphasis on ‘One Nation, One Election’ through the establishment of a panel tasked with exploring its suitability in India.
What will happen if One Nation, One Election moves forward?
If the government moves forward with the initiative, India will experience concurrent elections in all states. The proposal recommends that elections for both the Lok Sabha and all state assemblies be conducted simultaneously. The committee has been established several months before the assembly elections in five states and in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year.
The ambitious ‘One Nation, One Election’ project has drawn criticism from the Opposition, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggesting it has a “Modi twist.” In contrast, political strategist Prashant Kishor stated that the concept could be in the “interest of India” if executed with the right intentions. Kishor said, “If this is done with the correct intentions and there be a transition phase of 4-5 years, then it is in the interest of the country. This was once in effect in the country for 17-18 years.”
Members of the panel
The panel responsible for examining the ‘One Nation, One Election’ concept consists of key members, including former President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Finance Commission Chairman N K Singh, former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash C Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve, and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari.