‘One Nation – One Election’ plan to achieve Hindu Rashtra goal: Vaiko condemns

The statement by Vaiko criticizes the Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s approach since 2014, highlighting their consolidation of power in various aspects, including religion, language, culture, education, taxation, and governance centralized in Delhi. The Modi government’s efforts have culminated in the pursuit of a single-country vision, and they are actively working towards implementing the BJP’s long-term single-election plan. They have appointed a committee to examine this idea, with the aim of having one country led by former President Ram Nath Kovind. Appointing a sitting president like Ram Nath Kovind to head the committee is seen as unacceptable and has drawn criticism. The government is undertaking legal preparations and experiments to advance its vision for a unified India, which has sparked controversy and concerns. Since 2014, the BJP has consistently promoted the “One Nation” concept in its election manifestos and proposed the “One Election” scheme. In 2017, the Niti Aayog outlined plans for its implementation, and in 2018, the Law Commission recommended constitutional changes to facilitate the “single election” scheme. On March 10, 2022, India’s Chief Election Commissioner, Sushil Chandra, expressed support for the “One Country, One Election” concept, but emphasized the need for constitutional changes. He indicated the Election Commission’s readiness to coordinate with the BJP’s plan. A special parliamentary session from the 18th to the 28th is set to amend the Constitution for this purpose, possibly introducing a “single election” bill. Opposition voices warn against undermining democratic principles and transitioning towards a totalitarian Hindu Rashtra under RSS-BJP influence.

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