President Kovind makes case for simultaneous polls; citing burden on resources
It is only a year to go for the national election and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on record to state that he bats for simultaneous national and assembly polls to be held in India.
However, the President Ram Nath Kovind too chose to strongly pitched for simultaneous elections to Parliament and the state assemblies as he made the joint address to the joint session of the Parliament.
He said that frequent polls posed a huge burden on resources and impeded the development process.
Delivering his maiden address to the joint session of the Parliament, he also referred to several initiatives taken by the government for the benefit of the people including projects to provide housing, uninterrupted power supply and LPG connections to the poor.
Interestingly, he also expressed hope that the bill to ban instant triple talaq will soon become a law and the Muslim women can lead a life of dignity and a life of self-respect with courage.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi were among those present in the Central Hall when President Kovind delivered his first speech.>