Samajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold the assembly and the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh simultaneously in 2019.
The development comes a day after the current CM, Yogi Adityanath, called for the simultaneous elections.
“We have no problem if the voters’ list is linked with Aadhaar number. We have no problems with ‘one nation one election.’ I ask them (BJP) to implement ‘one nation one election’ from 2019 itself and hold UP assembly polls with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Yadav said in a press conference.
The BJP lost two crucial bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, i.e. the Kairana parliamentary bypoll and Noorpur assembly by-election, recently.
Earlier, the party had lost the Lok Sabha by-elections in what was a major setback as Gorakhpur is CM Yogi’s home turf while Phulpur was held by his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Replying to a question related to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Yadav said it will be fought on the basis of issues, quoted NDTV.
Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that elections held at different times hamper development due to the implementation of the model code of conduct and deployment of personnel.
“State polls, general elections and by-polls held at different times hamper development due to the Model Code of Conduct and deployment of election staff and security personnel. The Prime Minister has started a campaign for all elections to be held at the same time so that we don’t spend on elections every five years,” the CM had said.