Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), renewed his call for equal access to healthcare and education on Monday. He also suggested that elections be held every three months, taking a shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the process. Kejriwal opposed the idea of holding “one nation, one election,” claiming that if it is put into effect, the BJP “will not show their faces for five years.”
“There should be an election every third month. Otherwise, they (BJP) will not show their faces for five years if ‘one nation, one election’ gets implemented,” the Arvind Kejriwal said in Jaipur.
This comes after he questioned the justification for the suggestion of such a move the day before. He questioned what the average individual would gain from “one nation, one election.” At a gathering in Haryana, he questioned, “Conduct hundred or thousand elections, what would we get?”
“What is important for the country? One Nation One Election or One Nation One Education (Rich or poor, equal good education for all) One Nation One Treatment (Rich or poor, equal treatment for all) What will the common man get from One Nation One Election?” Arvind Kejriwal wrote on his Twitter Handle.
On Saturday, a committee of eight people was established to look at the possibility of holding polls simultaneously and offer recommendations. Days after the Centre scheduled a special session of the Parliament from September 18 to 22, the panel was established.
Amit Shah, the Union Minister of Housing, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and former Rajya Sabha Leader Kovind were also chosen by the Centre. The members of the panel are Ghulam Nabi Azad, NK Singh, a former chairman of the Finance Commission, Subhash C. Kashyap, a senior attorney, and Sanjay Kothari, a former chief vigilance commissioner. Arjun Ram Meghwal, a minister of union law, will be a special invitee to the committee meetings.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury declined to join the panel shortly after it was announced. The committee’s “terms of reference have been prepared in a manner to guarantee its conclusions,” the speaker claimed.