Modi’s All-Party Meet
Congress, Mamata lead ‘excuse me’ list
NEW DELHI, June 19: PM Narendra Modi held the all-party meet meant to discuss his initiative of "One Nation One Election" and the Niti Aayog's proposal of developing "aspirational districts".
But the attendance is thin, with five parties, including the Congress, refusing to attend. Mamata Banerjee has expressed reservations about the modality and Mayawati had mocked the government. Her former ally Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav and DMK chief MK Stalin did not attend either. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandresekhar Rao sent party leaders to represent them.
The meeting discussed Modi's initiative of "One Nation, One Election", which the BJP contends, will save both time and money.
But the opposition has refused to back the idea, saying it is against federal principles and questioning the feasibility of such a move.
The implementation of "One Nation One Election" idea requires an amendment to the constitution, which cannot be done without two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament. This is why the BJP needs to get other parties on board.
Mayawati said had the meeting been about Electronic Voting Machines, she would have attended. "The stubbornness of conducting elections through electronic voting machines instead of ballot paper is the real threat to democracy and the Constitution of the country," she claimed.
Mamata contended that a single meeting is not enough to respond on the "One Nation One Election". -NDTV