Panel to study feasibility of holding Lok Sabha, state polls together

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gt-watch9In a move to synchronise state and Lok Sabha elections, the Union government recently set up a committee in the law ministry to study the feasibility of simultaneous elections to break the current cycle of assembly polls being held, sometimes more than once, every year. The committee is likely to complete a report by this month for the Cabinet to take a final decision before an all-party discussion is initiated. The exercise is intended to initiate the process of aligning state and national elections — after all-party consultations — by enacting constitutional amendments before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The PM had expressed his views during the budget session when he responded to a suggestion for simultaneous polls put forward by BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab by saying that political leaders should begin a discussion in this regard. Modi indicated that he was supportive of such a proposal if it took shape.