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Moily for wider debate on simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections

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NEW DELHI: Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily suggested that more discussions could be held on holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies.

Addressing a seminar on electoral reforms here, he said currently three or four States go for polls every year. “This undermines the working of both the Union and State governments as the regime in power cannot take tough decisions due to the fear of a backlash in the next round of Assembly elections. Hence, simultaneous elections will not only ensure that the governments at the Centre and the States carry out their responsibilities in a smooth manner but also curtail unnecessary election expenditure.”

Though it was a complex problem, “we need to address them in the best of the governance of the nation,” he said.

The Minister called for wider debate on other electoral reforms.

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