Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on 26 October organised a discussion to explore the possibilities and challenges presented by simultaneous elections. Eminent speakers, including Shri Bhupender Yadav (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha), Dr S. Y. Quraishi, former CEC, Prof Sanjay Kumar, Director of Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and Dr M R Madhavan, President of PRS Legislative Research presented their views and answered questions by the audience.
In the course of this discussion, Praveen Chakravarty's work on simultaneous elections was quoted by Dr. M.R. Madhavan to caution against the possible marginalisation of regional parties in assembly election if simultaneous elections were implemented.
"“The paper analysed the 2600 Assembly Constituencies in 16 elections and during simultaneous election, 77% of the time the same party was chosen in the assembly constituency as well as the parliament and in non -simultaneous elections, difference was 61%”. He (Madhavan) concluded by asking whether it was desirable if the focus was shifted away from local issues and moved towards only the national issues."
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