Simultaneous polls: Here is what TDP, TRS & others are saying
The Law Commission started holding deliberations with political parties on the feasibility of holding Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously. Already, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and the CPI have opposed the idea. Punjab's Shiromani Akali Dal is fine with it, however.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief and Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has penned a letter to the Law Commission. "TRS is strongly in favour of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies," he said.
As for the TDP, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has opposed simultaneous polls. "Regional parties aren't supporting simultaneous polls to protect democracy and federal structure. Earlier it was GST and the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission. And now, it's simultaneous polls. All these are to increase the dominance of national parties and damage regional parties. Simultaneous polls is a move to weaken regional leaders. No national party is in position to form govt at center on its own and support of regional parties has become mandatory. Strengthening of regional parties has become a big obstacle for national parties," the Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister has said.
Nara Lokesh noted, "BJP failed to win the mandate in Karnataka, and is staring down the barrel in other states that are set to go for elections this year, hence the talk of simultaneous polls. Call this Modi's popularity?"
Sitaram Yechury of CPM observed, "The proposal to hold simultaneous polls runs contrary to both the letter and the spirit of our Constitution."