New Delhi: The YSR Congress Party on Tuesday supported the idea of simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
Deposing before the Law Commission YSR Congress Party Rajya Sabha MP P. Vijaysai Reddy said that his party was a supporter of the idea of 'one nation, one election' in the larger interest of the nation.
"We have supported simultaneous elections for various reasons. We don't consider this as a proposal that comes from a particular party. In the interest of the country, in the interest of development of this country, for optimal utilization of manpower and bureaucracy, 'one country, one election' is definitely advisable provided there is a consensus among the political parties," Reddy said after meeting the Commission.
He said if frequent elections are avoided, the manifesto released by political parties can be implemented "in its true letter and spirit".
"Once the disadvantages have been addressed... particularly, the anti-defection law has to be amended as it is has been misused by both the Central and state governments in their own interests," Reddy said.
He added that the powers vested in the Speaker should be divested and the Election Commission or some other authority must be vested with the power of disposing of disqualification petition. (IANS)