Issue of holding simultaneous polls referred to Law Commission: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the issue of holding simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly polls has been referred to the Law Commission so that a practicable roadmap and framework can be worked out. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Mr Rijiju cited a report of a parliamentary panel, which observed that frequent elections lead to disruption of normal public life and impact the functioning of essential services and that simultaneous polls would reduce the massive expenditure taken to conduct separate elections every year.
He informed that the Department Related Parliament Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice had examined the issue of simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies in consultation with various stakeholders including the Election Commission of India. He said, the Committee has given certain recommendations in this regard in its 79th Report. Mr Rijiju said that the matter has been referred to the Law Commission for further examination.