BJP pushes for simultaneous polls, with common voter list.

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Polity

Topic: Elections and RPA

Issue: Simultaneous Elections

Context: A presentation was made by BJP before the high-level committee on simultaneous polls.


  • A high level panel, headed by former president Ramnath Kovind was formed to look into the feasibility of the “one nation, one election” idea.
  • The BJP pitched for simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha, the State Assemblies, and the local bodies, with the same voter list for all three.

Simultaneous polls:

Benefits Challenges
Significant cost savings for the public exchequer. Necessitates constitutional amendments for at least five Articles namely Articles 83, 85, 172, 174, and 356.
Reduced strain on administrative structures(teachers, health workers) and security forces. Is considered contradictory

to the principles of the Constitution and federalism

Policy paralysis during Model Code of Conduct addressed Implementation challenges:

1.    What happens in case of hung assembly?

2.   What if a government falls before completion of its term?

Consistent focus on developmental efforts without frequent breaks. Disproportionately benefits national parties which have high financial resources.


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