Thursday, April 18, 2024

Prashant Bhushan says ‘One Nation One Election’ aims


Prominent Supreme Court lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan has come forward and claimed that the central government is planning to bring ‘One Nation One Election’ (ONOE) as the government aims to postpone the elections of five states namely, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram which are due later this year.

“ONOE cannot be implemented in a Parliamentary democracy like India because in our system a government can fall in midterm when it loses majority and a fresh government forms,” Bhushan told reporters on Sunday. He further claimed that by bringing in ONOE, the government is looking to impose presidential rule which is against democracy.

“That means we are switching from a democratic system to a presidential rule system. So it will be a total violation of parliamentary democracy. In my view, the government clearly knew about this and they also know that several amendments in the constitution are required to switch to the presidential rule system”, Bhushan said.

He has also said that the government does not have a majority in Rajya Sabha and that in spite of knowing this the government is bringing up the matter of ONOE with the only aim to postpone the state elections scheduled for later this year.

“The BJP government is fearing defeat in upcoming assembly elections in these five states. So, they are going to postpone the assembly polls till the general election in 2024 in the name of ONOE. And, President Rule will be imposed in the states,” he claimed.

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