Bihar’s Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, who recently came back into the NDA led by BJP, has supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of conducting general and state assembly elections together. Nitish while speaking at a public event in Patna on Monday said his party is in favour of conducting general, state assembly, panchayati raj and municipal body elections together in a Constitutional manner, Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar reported. He also said the step will be a good start.
Earlier, PM Modi had expressed his wish to hold all elections across the country simultaneously so that the government employees would get more time to work for the country, instead of managing elections.
Clearing the rumours on the NDA government’s stance, Nitish clarified that the Centre is thinking about conducting all the elections together in the year 2024 and not in 2019. He stressed that the government machinery remains immersed in conducting elections as various elections line-up every year in India. Thus, for at least three to six months every year, the government machinery has to focus on conducting elections in the country which impedes our growth, the Bihar CM said.
It should be noted that before 1967, the state assembly and general elections were held together. However, the step will require a consensus among all parties and a Constitutional amendment.
Nitish also didn’t forget to hit the Congress party on dynastic politics. He said the Congress has started dynasty politics in the country. He further said that he was always been against dynasty politics.