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BJD, YSR Cong support simultaneous polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Biju and the YSR today came out in support of holding and assembly elections together.

With the two parties favouring the concept of simultaneous polls before the today, a total of six parties are now in favour of the idea, while nine are opposed to it.

Representatives of the two parties met the today and supported the concept. On July 7 and 8, the Commission had held consultations with various parties on the issue. These two parties presented their stand today.

Besides the BJD, YSR and the NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal, the AIADMK, the and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti support the idea.

However, BJP ally opposed the concept as did the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK, Telugu Desam Party, CPI, (M), and the JD (S).

While the ruling BJP supports the concept, it has sought more time from the to present its views.

The main opposition did not meet the Commission over the issue but it opposed the concept today at a press conference, terming the idea "constitutional perversity" and "preposterous".

Party said the proposal, if accepted, would hit at the very core of democracy in as it is not just against the Constitution but will also deny the people of the right to elect their government and

Seeking to give shape to the government's concept of "one nation, one election", the Law Commission's internal working paper has recommended holding the and Assembly polls simultaneously but in two phases beginning 2019.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:45 IST