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There should be concurrent Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the country. Discuss the statement with its possible pros and cons.

The concurrent Lok sabha and Assembly elections has now become a matter of concern in the entire nation. Let us elaborate some of the major concerns related to it:

The monetary concern:

  • It can save a lot of money
  • The campaign expenses can be incurred together for both the elections.
  • The campaigns can reach a large number of audiences in one go
  • But, monetary concerns cannot be put above democracy.
  • It is just a small advantage for the country

Its effect on federalism:

  • ‘one country, one election’ shows a unitary bias
  • There are 29 states in the country and a lot of social diversity to be addressed.
  • One election may not help in addressing so many diversities
  • It might seem that all the states and even the Panchayats (as sometimes mentioned) are being forced to conduct elections, all at a time.

The issue of better governance:

  • Some claim that it might carry forward a lot of development projects without any hindrance
  • The focus will be more on development all the time except for the election time which will only come once in a year
  • Apparently it seems that only one state conducts its election at one time, but it impacts all other states also, especially the leaders of the state parties.

Voter’s choice:

  • Voting twice in the same day for two different governments is difficult
  • There is a tendency of people to vote for the same party at the centre and the states.
  • Statistics show that in the 1989 general elections, the major political parties had polled almost a similar proportion of votes for both the lok sabha and assembly elections.

Democracy in India has evolved over the time and chosen a political diversity. And it is indeed essential for addressing the social diversity of the country.

Reference: The Hindu

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