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General elections in India soon, opposition is in turmoil

The ruling party has indicated that there may be a constitutional amendment to hold Lok Sabha and assembly elections together. The decision by the central government to call a special session of Parliament from September 18 to 22 to consider whether state elections should be held concurrently with the Lok Sabha elections is fueling speculation. The government has not officially announced the conference agenda.

The special session was called in anticipation of elections to five state legislatures, including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. There are strong rumours that the conference will bring the constitutional amendment, women’s reservation bill, single civil code, and other bills for holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections concurrently. For this, a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of former President Ram Nath Kovind to study the issue of one country, one election. The prime minister has also given instructions that no minister should travel abroad.

This move is also said to be part of a plan to hold the Lok Sabha elections earlier. In the conference announcement, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi stated that “effective discussions are expected during the Amrita period. BJP sources said the talks are intended to present the Chandrayaan 3 success and the G20 summit as achievements of the Prime Minister and the government.

It is worth noting that the announcement of the special meeting came just before the start of the opposition ‘India’ front conference in Mumbai and on the same day that new revelations about the Adani Group were made public. The opposition has stated that it will demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) inquiry into the allegations against the Adani Group.

The Election Commission is proceeding with preparations for the assembly elections to be held this year. The concept of ‘one country election at a time’ has been debated for years. In 2018, the National Law Commission had issued a draft report regarding the implementation of this. It was also said that more discussion is needed.

The second UPA government introduced and passed the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, but no further action was taken. The Single Person Act is the only item on the BJP’s ‘controversial agenda’ that has yet to be implemented. At the same time, not all ‘India’ parties agree on elections, women’s reservations, and personal law.

It is unclear whether the meeting will take place in Parliament’s new building. Despite the fact that the new building was dedicated on May 28, the monsoon session was held in the old building.

It is reported that a bill to hold Lok Sabha and Assembly elections together may be brought up in a special session. The Centre is holding a special session in response to rumours that the Lok Sabha elections will be held early.

The Parliament session has been called for September 18–22. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi made the announcement. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi informed  that the conference is for effective discussions. The government has indicated that discussions about India’s development will be put on hold as the country enters the Amrit period. However, the minister did not specify what type of discussions would take place at this conference.

This central government decision has sparked numerous rumours. The first rumour is that the election will be held early. Earlier leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, had stated the same thing.

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