New Delhi, June 20: Endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of holding of Simultaneous Elections, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said such a new changeover in the country's electoral system is the need of the hour and that this would facilitate "accelerated development", thereby benefiting the country.
'One Nation – Simultaneous Elections is the need of the hour, which would facilitate accelerated development, thereby benefiting our countrymen. With such a system in place, all political parties, according to their respective ideologies, will be able to better utilise their energy towards development and public welfare,' Kovind said in his address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament.
The President urged all members of Parliament to seriously ponder over this development oriented proposal of ‘One Nation - Simultaneous Elections’.
'It is the belief of my Government that political parties, States and 130 crore countrymen are all committed to India’s integrated and accelerated development. Our vibrant democracy has also matured adequately,' he said, adding that during the last few decades, due to frequent elections being held in some part of the country or the other, the pace and continuity of development programmes have been impacted.
The President's address mentioning about the proposed move to introduce new system of simultaneous elections came a day after Prime Minister chaired an all party meeting on the issue.