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Posted On : 9 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Patna 
Naqvi bats for holding LS, Assembly polls simultaneously
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today advocated for holding the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously, saying it would restrain vote-bank politics and maintain the pace of developmental activities.

According to the Union minority affairs minister, "one nation one election" will ensure that there is ample time for the governments to discuss policies and to implement those.

"There is a need for electoral reforms in the country. We should move ahead on the path of one nation, one election. The Lok Sabha and Assembly elections should be held simultaneously in the country," Naqvi said.

It would help in maintaining the pace of the economy and developmental activities and also check the spread of "a disease called vote-bank politics" to a large extent, he said.

Addressing a 'Parliamentarian Conclave' here, Naqvi said every few months elections are held in one state or the other.

"Development works get obstructed due to the model code of conduct which is implemented during polls. Schemes of central and state governments are affected for some time due to the poll code," he said, adding, "This continuous process of elections is also a burden on the state exchequer." 

There is also a "vote-bank competition" among political parties which could be curbed to a large extent if elections are held simultaneously, Naqvi said without elaborating.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former president Pranab Mukherjee and the NITI Aayog had also pitched for holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously.

Don't think govt will give relaxation to Rohingya Muslims: Naqvi
 It would be difficult for the government to offer any relaxation to Rohingya Muslims, who have fled Myanmar, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here today.

The matter is pending before the Supreme Court and the government is also looking into it, Naqvi said at the 'Parliamentarian Conclave' here.

"But I do not think we will be able to give any relaxation to them (Rohingya Muslims) when their nation has refused to keep them," he said.

The Supreme Court had on September 4 sought the view of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. The matter has been posted for September 11.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju had on Tuesday said the Rohingya people are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported.

Violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.

Many of them, who had fled to India after a spate of violence earlier, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

On the Uniform Civil Code, Naqvi said the government believes in moving ahead on the issue after evolving a consensus.

The Constitution has clearly stated that the State should evolve a consensus for the implementation of the UCC, he said, adding that the Law Commission had also sought the opinion of various stakeholders on the issue.

The minister said the appeasement policy had hijacked the empowerment of minorities in the last several decades and that the Centre had adopted the policy of "empowerment without appeasement".

This has ensured socio-economic-educational empowerment of poor sections of minority communities in the last three years, Naqvi said.

Providing basic amenities in minority concentrated areas has been the government's priority in the last three years, he said.