Naveen Patnaik backs 'one nation, one election' idea

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday extended full support to the idea of 'one nation, one election', saying frequent polls affect the pace of development and also 'rock the spirit of cooperative federalism'.

At an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, Patnaik, who is also the BJD president, strongly advocated a re-look into the Land Acquisition Act and the Forest Conservation Act.

The prime minister on Wednesday met leaders of various political parties having representation in Parliament to explore possibilities of holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections together amid no show by various opposition parties.

"Frequent elections affect the pace of development and also rock the spirit of cooperative federalism. The BJD will fully support the idea of 'one nation, one election'," Patnaik said, adding there has to be a "give and take" attitude in the larger interest of the country.

According to a BJD communique, the Odisha chief minister, who has been demanding special category status for the state, demanded that natural disaster may be considered a criterion for special focus on states.

Noting that no country has ever progressed without empowering half of its population, Patnaik said, "The BJD will extend complete support to Women's Reservation both in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections."