Tamil Nadu Assembly adopts resolution against Delimitation exercise, ‘One Nation, One Election’

CM moved the resolution, besides another one urging the Union government not to go ahead with the proposed delimitation exercise.

ByPTI

Published Feb 14, 2024 | 1:07 PMUpdatedFeb 14, 2024 | 1:23 PM

Vaikom struggle Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday, 14 February, adopted a resolution against the Union government’s proposed ‘One Nation, One Election’ policy.

Chief Minister MK Stalin moved the resolution, besides another one urging the Union government not to go ahead with the proposed delimitation exercise to be taken up after 2026 based on the census.

Also Read:Governor Ravi cannot function independently, says TN minister

‘Against democracy’

The resolution moved by Stalin said that the proposed model of simultaneous elections was against the “basis of democracy”.

“This August House urges the Union Government not to implement the ‘One Nation, One Election Policy’ as the theory of one nation, one election is against the basis of democracy; impractical; not enshrined in the Constitution of India..,” the government said in the resolution.

“…elections to Local Bodies, State Assemblies and Parliament are being held at different times on the basis of people centric issues in vast and diverse country like India and it is against the idea of democratic decentralisation,” the resolution added.

Also Read: Senthil Balaji resigns from Tamil Nadu Cabinet 9 months after ED arrest

Seeks to stop delimitation

The chief minister moved one more resolution seeking to halt the delimitation process which is scheduled to be done in 2026.

“This August House urges the Union Government that the delimitation process to be carried out after 2026 on the basis of the census should not be carried out. Due to unavoidable reasons, if the number of seats on the basis of population were to increase it shall be maintained at the present ratio of the constituencies between the States in the State Assemblies and both Houses of Parliament fixed based on the population of 1971,” the resolution said.

“This August House also urges that States like Tamil Nadu should not be penalised for implementing various Socio-Economic Development programmes and Welfare Schemes for the benefit of the people over the past 50 years,” it added.

(With PTI inputs)