Conrad: More consultations needed on ‘one nation, one election’

SHILLONG, Jun 19: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said that the concept of ‘one nation, one election’, is good for the nation because it saves expenditure and at the same time it improves the overall efficiency of elections.

Conrad said in a statement issued to the media from New Delhi where he had gone to attend the meeting of different political parties convened by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

“It is a positive thing but obviously with all the positive aspects there are also the challenges to it and therefore consultations must be done with all the stakeholders to ensure that all the ideas are taken in and based on that proper decision can be made,” the Chief Minister said.

He also stated that Prime Minister, Modi reflected the same idea saying it will be important to ensure that this (meeting) is the beginning where consultation on the subject will take place at all the different levels and only once the consultations are done then only decision will be made on how it can be taken forward.

Quoting the Prime Minister, Conrad stated that it is not his or his government’s agenda but it is for the nation and should be taken in a positive manner.

Meanwhile, on the issue of improving the productivity of Parliament, the Chief Minister said that it is important to ensure that the parties realise and send a message and try to inculcate the culture of participating in the debates rather than creating noise and judging a MP’s productivity by the noise he makes.

“The person’s productivity should be judged by how he participates in the parliament,” Conrad said.

He also said that at the meeting he explained how in Meghalaya Assembly the members indulge in healthy debates.

“Yes we have arguments but then it is a very productive argument, we don’t stall the proceedings of the House,” he added.

Conrad at the meeting also suggested that for MPs to be more productive themselves they should be given more man power and offices.

“I suggested that each MP should be given an office and enough staff so that research can be done and work can be done in that line,” the Chief Minister said.

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