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NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee backed PM Modi’s idea of holding simultaneous state and national elections in an interaction with students on Teachers’ Day.
PM Modi first floated the simultaneous polls proposal during a BJP meeting in March, saying this would cut down on the huge cost of holding elections each year. Modi first floated the simultaneous polls proposal during a BJP meeting in March, saying this would cut down on the huge cost of holding elections each year.
The President was interacting with 80 students of Classes XI and XII of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at President’s Estate. During the interaction, President Mukherjee talked about India’s political history, its development since independence and menace of terrorism in the country and across the world.
The idea of holding state and national elections together had been first put forth by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March at a BJP meeting. Modi had said that it would bring down the cost of holding the elections.
Speaking about the idea, on Sunday, the President said,”The Election Commission can also put in their idea and efforts on holding the polls together and that will be highly beneficial.”
Talking for about 50 minutes to the students on the subject of ‘Politics in India since Independence’, he recounted the evolution of the democratic process in India post Independence, the building up of the electoral process and participation of Indians in the constitutional democracy.
The President, who has worked as a teacher before he took the political plunge, also taught the students about the formation of political parties including the creation of the BJP from Jansangh and the advent of coalition politics in the country. He remembered the “formation” of states by the State Reorganisation of Commission as an “important development” in India’s history.
President Mukherjee also presented National awards to teachers for their distinguished services. He also received the first copy of a booklet Umang 2015 which was released by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia.
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The entire event was aired live on DD (News) and DD Bharati Channels of Doordarshan. It was also webcast live on the President of India website at webcast.gov.in/president/ and live-streamed on the YouTube channel of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
With ANI/PTI inputs.