During the launch of NDTV’s new channel NDTV Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his concerns about the Centre’s push for ‘one nation one election’ without first seeking consensus. He believes this is worrying sign for democracy in India and he’s uncertain about the country’s future direction.
Critique of the Handling of the Matter
In interview with NDTV’s Editor-In-Chief Sanjay Pugalia Mr. Gehlot was asked about his views on holding simultaneous elections for both the Lok Sabha and state assemblies across the country. He responded by saying that he is been raising concerns about this for while now.
He feels that current situation reflects lack of clarity in the country’s direction and poses threat to democracy. He believes that the Constitution is being disregarded and the ‘one nation, one election’ proposal is just one example of this.
Doubts Raised by Involvement of a Former President
Mr. Gehlot thinks that the Centre could have handled this matter better by engaging with opposition parties and having discussions. He expressed surprise that a former President, Ram Nath Kovind, is heading the committee examining this issue.
According to him, the involvement of a former President in such a committee is unusual, and it’s likely to face both criticism and praise. He believes that this decision raises doubts about the government’s intentions.
He also pointed out that while the government has the right to convene special Parliament session from September 18-22, it hasn’t adequately explained why its necessary. Mr. Gehlot believes that such transparency is essential in democracy and the lack of it is concerning.