According to reports, the Centre has established a committee under the direction of former president Ram Nath Kovind to examine the viability of the much-discussed “one nation, one election” concept.
The news comes a day after the government announced a secretive agenda for a special session of Parliament to be held from September 18 to 22.
The decision to assign Kovind to look into the possibility of holding the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections simultaneously demonstrates the government’s seriousness as a number of elections approach. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has long advocated for this notion.
Five states will hold assembly elections in November and December, while the Lok Sabha elections will take place in May and June of the following year.
The general elections and some state elections, which are set to take place after and with the Lok Sabha election, may now be moved up as a result of recent government actions.