Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh N Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu seems to have made yet another U-turn, this time on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
The TDP has written to the law commission that it is opposed to the idea of simultaneous elections. Against this backdrop, a video of Chandrababu Naidu speaking to a national television channel on October 5, 2017 has gone viral on social media. The contrast between Chandrababu Naidu’s statement that he had always supported simultaneous polls and the letter given to the Law Commission on July 8, by TDP MPs Thota Narsimham and Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar is glaring.
Social media users were quick to point out this U-turn by Chandrababu once again. In the interview referred to, Chandrababu is reported to have been asked what his stance was on the NDA government’s proposal to hold nationwide simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and assemblies any time after September 2018. His reply, has been now picked up by media outlets and social media users shows Babu saying: “I have always supported the idea of holding simultaneous polls, not only for Lok Sabha and assemblies, but also for local bodies. If the election exercise is completed within a period of 6 to 9 months, the focus can then be on governance." he is also reported to have said in response to another question that both expenditure and corruption could be curbed through this exercise.
It is pertinent to point out that the Law Commission has sought the opinion of all political parties on the proposal of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies and the TDP had conveyed its stand on July 8. Speaking to the media after meeting law commission officials, the TDP MPs are reported to have said that the Centre had taken up the exercise of holding simultaneous polls with an aim to destabilise regional parties.
It is not correct to cite expenditure using it as a pretext for holding simultaneous elections, they said.
The TDP’s U turn on the proposal has raised eyebrows in political circles. Analysts say that the ruling party in AP seems to be afraid of facing early elections.
It may be recalled here that while speaking to the media outside the state secretariat on April 27, 2017, Chandrababu Naidu had said that he welcomed the idea of simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies. “I support PM Modi’s concept of one nation, one election. Why have elections every three months or six months,“ he is reported to have said.