Simultaneous polls need of the hour: President

Noting that frequent elections in various parts of the country have impacted the pace and continuity of development, President Ram Nath Kovind urged parliamentarians to seriously consider the 'development-oriented' proposal of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

His remarks came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a brain storming session with heads of 21 political parties on holding simultaneous polls.

After the meeting, the prime minister announced setting up a committee to give time-bound suggestions on various issues related to the proposal of 'one nation, one election'.

Addressing the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, Kovind said, " '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."

He urged all members of Parliament "to seriously ponder over this development oriented proposal of One Nation - Simultaneous Elections."