PM set to meet BJP CMs, discussions likely on simultaneous polls, agri reforms

27 February, New Delhi


Stage is set for the crucial meeting of the BJP chief Ministers and deputy chief ministers from NDA-ruled states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday wherein the effective implementation of all flagship schemes and also the issue of ‘one nation one election’ are likely to figure prominently.

Among others, BJP chief Amit Shah will also participate in the day-long deliberations where attempts would be made to put all the NDA-ruled states on a same track with regard implementation of major welfare schemes and policy matters.

Notably, the meeting comes at a time when the Modi government and the BJP leadership have come under attack on various issues including Nirav Modi episode, farmers’ distress and joblessness.

The party leadership may also gear up for preparing a result oriented agrarian reforms mechanism.

Prime Minister Modi held two rounds of such meetings with party Chief Ministers last year.

The Chief Ministers like Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) and Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan) may be asked to make a presentation or brief Prime Minister and BJP chief on poll preparedness. Elections in these states are due by November-December.

Madhya Pradesh government’s formula of farm loans to farmers at zero per cent interest may be also discussed, sources said. A resolution may be passed at the meeting urging the central government and other stake holders to take concrete steps to hold simultaneous elections to the state assemblies and Parliament, sources said. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has openly backed the move for simultaneous elections to the state legislature and Parliament. “No government including the centre can function properly because of frequently coming election process. No sooner one election is over, another elections comes. A continuous election process does hamper development,” Mr Chouhan told journalists in Bhopal on Monday. “Prime Minister is striving on this line sincerely and hence I congratulate and support him on this,” Mr Chouhan has said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pushing for holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously, saying it will save a lot of time and money and expedite hindrance-free developmental process. President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session on January 29, also spoke on the issue.

The ruling party and its leaders have often argued that multiple elections with the imposition of Model Code of Conduct are deterrents in governance and a drain on public money.

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