Simultaneous assembly, LS polls need of hour: Gehlot
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 18:51
Jaipur: Advocating electoral reforms, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said all political parties should consider simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls to reduce expenses.

"All political parties should take up this move jointly in public interest and only under extraordinary situation or exception should there be separate polls for the state assemblies," Gehlot told a select group of print media reporters on the eve of completing one year in office here.

Recalling his meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla recently in Delhi, Gehlot said he had asked for serious reforms in election code of conduct so that an elected government could perform and serve people during election period.

In last one year, the state had to go through LS, RS and assembly polls along with elections to civic bodies, he said, adding it was impossible to carry forward the developmental works initiated long back due to election code of conduct.

"If CEC brings any reforms in election code of conduct, the state election commission would also follow it for the civic bodies and panchayat polls", Gehlot said.

On asked whether the Congress government would continue its alliance with Independent MLAs' supporting it, Gehlot said, "They have given us unconditional support as our strength in the 200 member legislative assembly was just 96 after elections".

"Similarly, six MLAs who quit BSP and joined Congress would always be respected because they offered us 'unconditional support'. This is known to every elected member of the party", he said.

On asked whether there would be any change in the state Congress as Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj C P Joshi was holding the post of PCC president and has now become RCA president too, Gehlot said it was not unusual as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was holding dual posts as well.

With party's government in power the burden of PCC president is not too much, he added.


First Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 18:51

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