AIADMK comes out in support of BJP’s ‘One Nation One Election’ : DMK Opposes

Edappadi K Palaniswami, the Interim General Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), on Saturday, January 14 has sent a reply to the Law Commission of India in support of the ‘One Nation One Election’ move. At present, each state in India holds its own separate assembly elections. The only election that takes place simultaneously across the Nation is the parliamentary polls.

The One Nation One Election statute was initiated by the Union Government and advocates for a single election for both the Legislative Assembly and the Parliament. With the establishment of One Nation One Election, voters will be required to cast two votes at once: one for the state assembly and the other for the parliament.

The supporters of the statute claim that the law would reduce the cost of elections that take place across the country throughout the year. Additionally, the One Nation One Election Policy was approved by the Election Commission of India. As a result, the Union Law Ministry requested the National Law Commission to look into the matter and seek feedback from both political parties as well as the general public on the matter.

On December 23, Edappadi K Palaniswami received a letter from the Law Commission of India acknowledging him as the AIADMK’s Interim General Secretary. The commission had written to political parties seeking their input on the matter asking them to respond before January 16, 2023. The commission received a response from the AIADMK regarding this issue. As for AIADMK’s stand, the party’s Interim General Secretary responded that the party supports One Nation One Election statute.

DMK president and CM MK Stalin has officially conveyed his party’s strong opposition to the One Nation: One Poll idea to the Law Commission.

DMK MP P Wilson handed over the communication from Stalin to the commission in New Delhi on Monday. Stalin has given detailed reasoning for opposing the idea. The DMK has opposed the ECI’s idea of remote voting for migrant workers.

Stating that only BJP and BJD had supported this idea, Wilson said the ECI invited further views from political parties till the end of February. The Chief Election Commissioner said until another demonstration about remote voting is done, this idea will not be implemented.

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