New Delhi, India: Union Minister Anurag Thakur has resolutely proclaimed that the administration harbors no intent to precipitate early general elections. He has emphatically reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unwavering in his aspiration to diligently serve the citizens of India until the culmination of his term.
In an exclusive and candid conversation with India Today, Minister Thakur has unequivocally conveyed that the government has no contemplation of postponing the imminent assembly elections to orchestrate their synchronization with forthcoming general elections. He has categorically dismissed all suppositions circulating in media spheres regarding the advanced or deferred scheduling of electoral processes, deeming them as mere products of speculative conjecture bereft of substantiation.
“The government, in its proactive stride, has instituted a committee dedicated to the One Nation, One Election initiative. This committee shall embark on a comprehensive series of deliberations with relevant stakeholders before crystallizing the norms governing the concept of One Nation, One Election,” articulated the Union Minister.
In a gesture indicative of inclusivity, Minister Thakur has expressed the government’s desire to extend an invitation to Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, a prominent opposition voice, to partake in the One Nation, One Election committee. This gesture, he emphasized, reflects the magnanimity of the Modi administration.
While alluding to the forthcoming special session of Parliament, scheduled to commence on September 18, Minister Thakur tantalizingly hinted at significant government plans without divulging the session’s agenda, preserving it for a later revelation.
“The specific agenda of this special session will be unveiled at an opportune juncture, and this shall be duly presented by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister,” Minister Thakur affirmed.
This proclamation arrives amidst a contentious political atmosphere surrounding the One Nation, One Election initiative, with the opposition voicing concerns over the government’s purported endeavor to extend its stay in power.
The government, however, has refuted these allegations, underscoring the One Nation, One Election proposal as a constitutional reform poised to benefit the nation.
The One Nation, One Election committee is slated to furnish its comprehensive report within a six-month timeline. Subsequently, the government shall deliberate upon the recommendations before making a definitive decision on their implementation.
The One Nation, One Election proposal has elicited a mixed array of responses from political parties and experts. While some laud the proposal for its potential cost-saving and efficiency enhancements, others raise reservations concerning its feasibility and impact on the democratic process.
The government remains steadfast in its commitment to conducting extensive consultations on the One Nation, One Election proposition before arriving at a final resolution.