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Dissolve LS, call general elections, state polls together: Cong dares Modi

Congress' comments come a day after BJP President Amit Shah made a pitch for holding elections to 12 state Assemblies along with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Voters wait in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth. Photo: PTI

Amid talks of simultaneous polls, the on Tuesday dared Prime Minister to dissolve the Lok Sabha early and announce general elections along with polls in four states where the terms of the Assemblies end this year.   

General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said postponing the upcoming state Assembly elections and conducting these with Lok Sabha polls in 2019 is "not possible" under the Constitution or the law.

He said elections in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will have to be conducted before the terms of these Assemblies end. 

"There is only one way of holding simultaneous elections. The prime minister should dissolve the Lok Sabha and hold polls along with the four state Assembly elections," Gehlot told a press conference.

"The will welcome it. We are prepared," he said.

Gehlot's comments come a day after president Amit Shah made a pitch for holding elections to 12 state Assemblies, including the present four, along with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. 

The former Rajasthan chief minister said it will be in the "best interest of the country to dissolve the Lok Sabha early, given the all-pervasive atmosphere of fear, intolerance and intimidation".

"The Congress will not only welcome an early Lok Sabha election, we are all geared to fight the and eliminate it," he said.

The Congress alleged that the BJP's intentions behind the 'one nation, one election' debate were not clean.

"Their approach from day one has been wrong. If they were serious, they would have called all political parties for a meeting, discussed ways and means of implementing a proposal and debated solutions for cases where the Lok Sabha or state Assemblies are dissolved before their term. But the government did not do any such thing," he said.

Gehlot said the 'one nation, one election' slogan is just a gimmick to deflect the attention of people from government's failures.

He also said the was floating this idea because it fears to lose the upcoming state elections, in which case it will be in a very weak state to face the electorate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  

Congress legal cell head Vivek Takha said the party will move court if the government attempts to postpone upcoming state Assembly elections.

"This cannot be done without a constitutional amendment," he said.  

First Published: Tue, August 14 2018. 16:21 IST