Narendra Modi says discussion on simultaneous polls gaining momentum, terms it 'good sign for healthy democracy'

New Delhi: Days after the Election Commission ruled out the possibility of holding both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the issue was gaining momentum as people were sharing their views on it.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters

"A discussion in the country is gaining momentum for having simultaneous polls in states and Centre. People are sharing their views for and against. It is good sign for healthy democracy," Modi said in the 47th edition of his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat.

He also said that late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee brought fundamental reforms in the electoral process and courageously removed shortcomings related to people's representative.

"It will be a fitting tribute to Atal ji to develop best practices, sustained effort to strengthen democracy and promote discussions with an open mind," he said.

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Updated Date: Aug 26, 2018 14:28:10 IST

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