One nation one poll slogan : attempt to homogenise the diversity of the country

The one
nation one poll slogan is nothing but attempt to homogenise the diversity of
the country and win elections through a ‘national narrative‘ which has
made the current dispensation successful.

India is
huge, a continent and if we see the preparedness of the Election Commission,
then we can say, the first thing Narendra Modi and his advisers can do us and
save the democracy is to ask the Election Commission to organise the poll on June
one day and declare the results with in next four days.

One
nation one poll one day.

Elections on
one day in the entire country will save us from many things. The first one the
intense speculations based on Exit Polls which the dalals in the market make
crores of rupees with their predictions.

The last
general elections saw the election campaign starting from March 10th, and
finally culminating on May 19th with the last phase. The results were counted
on 23rd. Such a long phase of election campaign gives rise to numerous rumours
and speculations which create doubts about the impartiality of the Electoral
process as well as working of the Election Commission of India.

So, if
Narendra Modi want it, please have elections nation wide in one day and the
results with in the five days. The gap is being given for repolls if required
and bringing the EVMs to counting centers.

Ban on
opinion polls and political advertisements

The second
one nation one poll should be the state funding of the elections. Ban on
opinion polls and political advertisements well before two months of the polls.

Third, the
state assemblies have different terms and it will always happen. Simultaneous
polls happened in the early 1950s but subsequently the terms of various state
assemblies changed because of fall of government, president rule and so many
other things. It will happen again. you can not keep state assemblies in
abeyance to wait for a national election. This is absolutely problematic.

There is a
big difference between the national issues and local state level issues. Both
can not remain the same. We do understand that PM want to reduce the expenses.
The fact is that his party spend huge sum of money during the elections. All
the opposition parties did not even spend 50% the amount collectively, that BJP
did alone. So, a party with huge money coming into its coffer will never want a
level playing field. It is deliberately doing things to keep its hegemony in
the power for ever.

If
democracy has to strengthen, we must ensure that no person get more than two
terms as prime minister like the US Presidential system
where nobody can become president
for more than two terms. It will strengthen the democratisation process.
Similarly, political parties too must allow the internal democratisation
process so that they don’t become enclaves of various political families.

One
nation one poll: an absolutely impractical idea

One nation
one poll is an absolutely impractical idea. Can we have all elections including
Panchayats, urban local bodies, Zila Parishads etc. along with assemblies and parliament?

The idea
that Narendra Modi is speaking is nothing new. Every power person wants that
but it is impractical and the situation may rise again.

State
assemblies may go to polls differently because of the term of state
governments. And once you fix the term of them, it might be possible the same
thing happens again, so you won’t get anything out of it.

BJP might
want it because it is on the peak at the moment and with every institution in
its pocket, it wants to capture the entire country eliminating opposition but
it would be highly detrimental for the country.

And look at
the irony of organising polls simultaneously nation wide. Mr. Amit Shah and Ms.
Smriti Irani resigned from their Rajya Sabha seats of Gujarat on two different
dates. The election Commission in unprecedented order, is holding polls for two
Rajya Sabha Seats in Gujarat on two different dates just as it would then give
BJP both the seats. How has the poll body allowed itself to degrade to become
the puppet of the ruling dispensation?

The party
which talks of one nation one poll is unable to hold two Rajya Sabha seats
elections from Gujarat on one date. What a hypocrisy?

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

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