New Delhi: Amid BJP chief Amit Shah push for one nation, one election, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat today stated that holding assembly polls in 11 states along with Lok Sabha elections was possible without amendment in the Constitution.
"It is possible to hold elections with that kind of permutation and combination if the assemblies of those states were to be voluntarily dissolved," Rawat said.
BJP president Amit Shah had yesterday written a letter to the Law Commission of India hooting for the successful implementation of 'One Nation, One Election'.
However, about the possibility of holding general elections with assembly polls in all 29 states, Rawat clarified that it may not be possible without amending the Constitution. "It is feasible, although it is mostly hypothetical. If there is no provision under the Constitution, the commission cannot do anything about it," explained the CEC.
He added, "The commission is required to conduct pending elections in every house (assembly) in the last six months, as directed by the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act. There has to be an amendment in the Constitution for it to be possible. Extra polling personnel, security and VVPATs will also be needed."