Odisha CM supports PM’s appeal for simultaneous elections

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for simultaneous elections in the country.

Speaking to media, Patnaik said that his government has decided to extend support because it is in the very interest of the people and the country at large.

“Elections are essential in a democracy. We are elected to work for the people but having elections throughout the year disturbs the working process for the people. Therefore, we support Prime Minister’s appeal for simultaneous elections,” said Patnaik.

The new system of simultaneous elections will serve the country well, he added.

Meanwhile, former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda today questioned why he was dubbed as anti-party when he raised the same thing.

“When I had said the exact same thing, it was dubbed anti-party by the coterie,” Panda tweeted.

Earlier today, the Law Commission of India wrote to Odisha CM urging him to participate in an interaction, share thoughts and suggestions on the matter of simultaneous elections.

It also requested the CM to nominate a representative on behalf of his party, in case he is not able to attend the event.