Reiterating his call for ‘One Nation, One Election,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a deep study and discussion on the subject yesterday on 26th November. Advocating for a common voter list in all election he said that One Nation, One Election is not a subject of debate but a necessity for India.
He was addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference via video conference.
Modi also paid homage to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and asserted that India is fighting terrorism now with a new policy and new process.
"There is one more subject which is very important which is of 'One Nation, One Election'. This isn't just an issue of deliberation but also the need of the country. Every few months, there are elections happening in some of the other states. It hampers the developmental work and all of you know about it. For this, we must think seriously and office-holders can lead deliberations on this. Only one voter list should be used for Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and other elections," PM Modi said.
"We have to chalk out a path for this. Why're we wasting time and money on these lists? Now, everyone above the age of 18 is eligible to vote. Earlier there were a few changes but now everything is clear. The time for complete digitization is here. The common man must have data for the functioning of every House and every House in the country should also have such data," he added.
Also calling for the rising awareness in the Constitution he said that our constitution has many features but one very special feature is the importance given to duties.
“Mahatma Gandhi was very keen on this. He saw a close link between rights and duties. He felt that once we perform our duties, rights will automatically be safeguarded," Modi said.