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GUWAHATI : Government is working to hold polls of lok sabha and many assemblies altogether. Presently to go smooth with these polls, legal issues are being looked into. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The polls in these states are due in 2021 but the elections in these states might take

place in 2019 with the Lok Sabha elections.

Lok Sabha & Assembly Polls might happen together for Assam in 2019.

A law commission internal working paper with an aim to give shape to the

government’s concept of ‘one nation, one election’ has recommended holding

of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in two phases beginning in 2019.

Assam has been listed among the few states that might have the Assembly

election in 2019 along with the Lok Sabha election.

polls second phase in the year 2024

The second phase of the election can be held in the year 2024 as per the document.

Amendment of the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act in

order to make the move effective by shortening or even by extending the

terms of the Legislative Assemblies have also been proposed by the document.

full commission to discuss on polls on 17th april

The ‘full commission’ will discuss the working paper on April 17.

Reportedly, a top law panel functionary stated that the document is a draft

and no final decision has been taken about the issue yet.

Changes could be made in the document by the suggestion of the members

before the final report is submitted to the law ministry.

The recommended states which are to be covered in the phase-I are

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The polls in these states are due in 2021 but the elections in these states

might take place in 2019 with the Lok Sabha elections.

In the second phase, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi, and

Punjab will be covered.

for polls terms may be extended

The terms of the current Assemblies might be extended in these states.

The paper also states that a no-confidence motion against the government

should be followed by a confidence motion. This step will also ensure that

if there are not enough numbers by the opposition to form an ‘alternative

government’, the current regime in the office cannot be removed.“

It is a clear indication that the people have reposed faith in prime minister’s

development agenda and also a clear indication that the NDA, under Modi’s leadership, will return to power after the 2019 general elections Assam BJP said in this regards.

Meanwhile the proposal will be discussed at the Law Commission’s meeting on April 17, which is expected to be attended by all members. The draft creates two clusters of states.

While Cluster-I can go to the polls in 2019, Cluster-II is for 2024. Cluster-I

includes West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir,

all of which are due for Assembly elections in 2021. Cluster-II, on the other

hand, has UP, which is arguably the most politically relevant state in India and

is due for polls in May 2022.

The second cluster includes Karnataka and Mizoram, which are due to go the polls in 2018.

To synchronise Cluster-II Assembly elections with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections,

the terms of the respective state assemblies need to be extended, which would

require amending  the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act (1951).

If due to some reason the terms of state assemblies cannot be extended, then

elections in the Cluster-II states may be held about 30 months after Phase-1 of

simultaneous polls in 2019, the report recommends.

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