In a significant political move, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set the stage for a major political discourse by forming a committee for “One Nation, One Election” in the coming days. Political analysts believe that this initiative by the BJP cannot be easily dismissed by any political party, as different elections directly impact the electorate.
This move by the BJP, under the banner of “One Nation, One Election,” is being compared to the political gains they reaped from the Balakot surgical strike. However, if the process of having a single nationwide election is implemented, regional parties may face significant political challenges, as they typically prepare for elections with a focus on local issues and state legislatures.
It is widely believed that the BJP has strategically placed itself on the forefront of this issue, understanding the pulse of the public. Harmit Singh, Director of the Center for Political Strategies and Alliances, asserts that “One Nation, One Election” is a matter of public interest that has been resonating with the people directly. He emphasizes that this is not a new issue and has been under discussion for some time. Singh suggests that this issue could potentially bring significant political advantages for the BJP, much like the issue of corruption has in the past.
Various surveys conducted by different agencies have consistently shown that holding simultaneous elections would be more efficient, saving both time and government expenditure. These surveys indicate that conducting separate elections at various times is not in the best interest of the nation.
However, political analyst Devesh Chaturvedi believes that this decision poses significant political challenges as well. He points out that Lok Sabha elections usually revolve around national issues, and voters tend to prefer national parties in these elections. Therefore, if Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha (state legislature) elections are held simultaneously, it could be disadvantageous for regional parties.
Nevertheless, the “One Nation, One Election” issue is something that resonates with the general public, making it a challenge no political party can openly oppose. The consensus among political experts is that different elections should not be held at separate times, and this move by the BJP is not only a significant political gamble but also a potential game-changer in the upcoming elections.
Veteran journalist Devendra Shukla states that the political parties’ inclination towards this move is natural because it directly engages the public. He emphasizes that this is being seen as a politically advantageous move for the BJP, and if it plays its cards right, the “One Nation, One Election” issue could benefit the party in the upcoming elections, much like the Balakot surgical strike did.