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Identifying Lacunae in theory of One Nation One Election

By Iha Rashmi Verma on July 06, 2019

India currently has been making headlines almost every month, whether it's about politics, environment, crimes, corruptions or elections. I would deliberate on the recent election scenario which has once again set the citizen's tongue wagging. The concept of One Nation One Vote /Simultaneous Election brought with itself a huge amount of debates and discussions across the country. 

The number of articles in Newspaper, news over televisions and announcement on radio stations have propagandized it all over the nation. Having heard it all and going through analysis by different renowned authors I have arrived at a point that though it has so much to offer to the government as well as the citizens, for example, reducing government's expenditure over frequent elections, not bringing the schemes to a halt frequently (which otherwise would have happened during separate elections), making government more consistent and efficient,  curbing black money and it impacts on voters etc.

Yet it fails to hold the certain principles of Democracy on which the country runs. Overcoming the challenges which the idea poses seems dubious. 

1. Difficult to arrive at a political consensus  

It'll be an uphill task for the government to consolidate the political parties to agree over the idea of extension or reduction of their tenures.

2. Defies the principle of Federalism  

It makes the fact obvious that the regional parties won't get the fair chance to be elected, as the voters, in general, would singlemindedly vote for the party at the center. 

 3. Lost sense of accountability 

During separate elections contesting parties were held accountable for their false promises which otherwise during simultaneous elections would escape those questions raised by people at large. 

4. Increase in the rate of unemployment  

As the parties, while appeasing public during frequent elections make promises for temporary employment opportunities to the poor, who,  though for a short period, get a job. The simultaneous election would not ensure even this opportunity for them, thus resulting in a higher unemployment rate. 

5. Won't serve during the failure of state government 

The separate election is good at a time when the government of the state ceases to carry on with its function before the completion of its term. 


There are still a lot of issues with which is likely to pop up in future but the fact that should be appreciated is that the government is not imposing its decision of conduct of election keeping track of democracy in India and is inviting debates from every corner of the country to reach a logical and convincing opinion.

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