The President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin, has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s push for “one nation, one election,” calling it an attempt to undermine the nation’s federal structure. Stalin alleges that this move towards centralizing power goes against the essence of India, which is a union of states.
Stalin expressed his concerns over the abrupt announcement and the formation of a high-level committee to promote this concept. He believes that “one nation, one election” is a recipe for dictatorship rather than democracy. He further criticized the autocratic manner in which the committee was formed, insinuating a conspiracy towards a despotic regime.
Notably, the DMK, as the third-largest party in Parliament, does not have representation in the committee. Stalin also criticized the main opposition party, AIADMK, for initially opposing such a move while in power but now supporting it. He warned that the proposal could backfire on the AIADMK.
Stalin raised questions about the potential dismissal of state governments, including the DMK government in Tamil Nadu, to facilitate state elections alongside the 2024 Lok Sabha polls if the proposal is implemented. The DMK government came to power in May 2021 and has only completed two-and-a-half years of its tenure.
The debate over “one nation, one election” continues to be a contentious issue, with concerns raised about its impact on India’s diverse political landscape and federal structure.