Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of Presidents of all political parties having representation in Parliament on the issue of One Nation One Election.
Briefing media persons after the meeting, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Prime Minister will form a committee to look into the various aspects of One Nation One Election in the country. Within a time frame, the committee will submit its report. Mr Singh said that in the meeting, most of the political parties supported the idea of One Nation One Election.
However, there are differences of opinion from political parties like CPIM and CPI on the issue about implementation of the idea, but they did not oppose it. He said, 40 political parties were invited for the meeting yesterday, out of which 21 attended and 3 including AIADMK sent their views.
Mr Singh added that besides One Nation One Election, the meeting also discussed ways to improve the productivity of Parliament, building a New India, programmes related to the celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 birth anniversary and development of aspirational districts. The Defence Minister said, every party agreed to enhance the productivity of Parliament and said that there should be an atmosphere of debate and deliberations on the issues of concern in both the Houses.
Mr Rajnath Singh said, many parties emphasised on the need to make aware the new generations about the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and celebrations of 150th birth anniversary is an opportunity to achieve it. He said, there was a positive approach among the parties about development of aspirational districts and the Prime Minister also urged the States to bring 10 per cent of the total blocks at the level of State average.
The Prime Minister also spoke about water management saying that it is a challenge and stressed on conservation of water.
LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, JD-U’s Nitish Kumar, BJD leader Naveen Patnaik and Farooq Abdullah of National Conference among those attended the meet.
Congress, MC, SP, BSP, DMK, TDP and Aam Admi Party did not participate in the meeting.