1 is an interesting number. In the last match, our top-order batsmen scored one run each. One man single-handedly led BJP to victory in elections. Everything stressful starts with ‘one’. Elections are the most cumbersome exercise in our country. An estimated amount of Rs.60,000 crores were spent in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 BJP won with a majority and Rahul Gandhi led Congress suffered a humiliation. Value for money! Interestingly, our healthcare budget is also around Rs. 60,000 crores Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College is struggling with the stench of garbage, phenyl and human corpses. Both instances have one thing in common when it comes to funding. Sources of Election funding are mostly anonymous and ledger of healthcare expenditure is also anonymous Can One Nation One Election’ emerge as a solution to all these problems? Let’s discuss ‘One Nation One Election’ in this episode of TheDeshBhakt What is ONOE and why is BJP interested in implementing it? One Nation One Election was BJP’s first proposal after coming back to power. Opposition parties are celebrating holidays after the elections. On the other hand, BJP has already started prepping for the next one. They are not preparing to deal with healthcare crisis, lynching or communal disharmony The Government has a unique way of cherry-picking issues. Basically, three types of elections are held in India – Lok Sabha Elections, Assembly Elections, and Local Body Elections. Lok Sabha Elections are held once every five years and there are approximately five Assembly Elections every year BJP called for an all-party meeting after coming back to power. Mamata Banerjee wasn’t able to attend the meeting as she was shopping for Kurtas. Mamata Banerjee- ‘This a planted story’ The government suggests simultaneous elections across the country They want us to choose MPs, MLAs, CMs and PM all at once Nehru will be held accountable for the next five years of polity This is not a new proposal, the first few elections were simultaneous in our country. Law Commission released a report on this in May 1999 and Niti Aayog recommended ONOE in the year 2018 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani, and Pranab Mukherjee took up this issue previously. It is a good proposal. However, the question is why this is being attended right after the elections? ONOE has a lot of benefits. Modi will quit campaigning mode and work in PMO; Rahul Gandhi will take fewer holidays; and Mayawati will be seen once in every five years. However, there are a few demerits. Elections are the festivals where we have the opportunity of greeting our politicians We can give them some feedback. ONOE will make accountability impossible. These days, it is difficult to ask questions. You can argue that ONOE will save taxpayers’ money But if the country goes for simultaneous election then we need to spend Rs 4,500 crores on new EVMs In Elections 2019, ECI expenditures came up to Rs. 10,000 crores Rs. 50,000 crore was spent by political parties. Most of which was unaccounted money We should put a cap political party’s expenditure if we want to save money. It won’t make any difference if Modi’s PR is done through a mobile phone camera instead of a DSLR Other than BJP, how many parties vouch for ONOE? ‘Why is everyone silent?’ ONOE will end up benefitting national parties. Or should I say our only national party…? Experts believe that ONOE will reduce accountability, push the country towards a presidential form of democracy and regional issues will suffer. Very similar to how water-crisis lost attention to communal topics. Data shows that BJP performs better in Lok Sabha Elections as compared to Assembly elections. Surely, simultaneous elections will benefit one specific party Amit Shah is a great strategist, just like MS Dhoni. Both have a great win ratio, are good captains, and good finishers. BJP argues that parties are in campaigning mode throughout the elections. This leads to a governance paralysis. Model Code of Conduct prevents them from announcing major policy decisions. Fun fact: Demonetisation was announced right before assembly elections. MCC prevents you from announcing decisions, not working on them. BJP is worried because they love promotions For example, half of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ funds were spent on publicity. People are saying BJP wants ONOE because they want to govern for the next fifty years. India TV VO- ‘Amit Shah has said that BJP has to stay in power for fifty years.’ Ravishankar Prasad-‘ After the 2019 elections, no one can defeat us for the next fifty years.’ The question is, why is BJP is working so hard when they have fantastic election machinery. The problem is ONOE’s implementation Niti Aayog says that we need constitutional amendments to implement ONOE What if the government gets dissolved before its term? Will there be re-election? Will President rule be imposed? Why should we conduct assembly elections if Lok Sabha gets dissolved before term? We would have to synchronize elections if we want simultaneous elections. DeshBhakt says that the Government has a good opportunity. The opposition is on the verge of collapsing. We can focus on important issues. Politicians shouldn’t be investing time on big issues like One Nation One Election It can focus on smaller issues like Water Crisis, Healthcare and Farmer Suicides. We have bigger issues to adhere to. – One Glass of Water, One Dollar=One Rupee, Each One Plant One, One child policy The irony is that issues are forbidden in our temple of democracy- Parliament When the nation is suffering from communal disharmony, overpopulation and water crisis, We are discussing elections. After failing in each subject, our concern is the class monitor. Comedians are doing Journalism, Journalists are doing comedy. Batsman have turned politicians and politicians have turned batsman New India is a weird place… This was a very technical episode. Our democracy is suffering because of these technicalities DeshBhakt wanted to untangle the issue of One Nation One Election for all fo you. Do give us your feedback in the comments below. We try to read all the comments. Thanks to our Patreons for supporting the channel Patreon is our platform through which I connect directly to you via phone. Log in to Patreon.com/AkashBanerjee to become a Patreon and share your ideas with us. Like Share and Subscribe and please hit the bell icon to get the notifications. More episodes coming up!