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Prime minister resumes ‘one nation, one election’ campaign, Gandhism

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi has informed that PM Narendra Modi is convening two separate meetings with chiefs of all parties for the two different purposes

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting of national presidents of all parties in the Parliament House to push his agenda of “one nation, one election”. This meeting will be held on 19 June.

During his previous tenure, the prime minister had flagged the concern of the enormous cost of keeping the country on an election mode across the five years, as the turn of some of the other State for election comes up.

India used to hold Lok Sabha and all Vidhan Sabha elections together at one point. The opposition parties now fear that holding simultaneous elections for the Centre and the States would affect their prospects in the respective States as a ‘Modi wave’ might sweep the States as well.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said that the prime minister would discuss with the party chiefs also events related to the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in this meeting.

Apart from this, the prime minister has convened a meeting of all MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on 20 June. Joshi said that the prime minister wanted to create a “team spirit” in Parliament.

Regarding the all-party meeting convened by the prime minister on Sunday, Joshi said that the government had received suggestions from the allies as well as the opposition parties. During the meeting, the prime minister said that this time, many new faces were seen in Parliament. These young parliamentarians, the prime minister said, may have some brilliant ideas that could help the two Houses function better.

The prime minister will be present at the meeting on 19 June.

After the all-party meeting, there is agenda to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence in 2022 meaningfully, Joshi said. The 150th anniversary of Gandhi is being celebrated this year. To uphold Gandhi’s idea of village-centric development, the prime minister has called a meeting to discuss the issues related to the districts.

The budget session of Parliament is going to start on Monday. The Budget session of Parliament ends on 17 July.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the economic review on 4 July and the Budget will be presented on 5 July.

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