High-level committee on simultaneous polls an attempt to destroy parliamentary democracy: Congress

New Delhi: Terming the committee set up to look into the possibility of ‘one nation, one election’ an attempt to destroy parliamentary democracy in the country, the Congress on Saturday said Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge should not be a part of the committee. is beyond.

The party’s organization general secretary KC Venugopal also questioned whether Kharge was kept out of the committee because he was not convenient for the BJP and the RSS.

Venugopal posted on ‘X’, “We believe that the High Level Committee on Simultaneous Elections is nothing but a systematic attempt to destroy India’s parliamentary democracy. Insulting the Parliament, the BJP has appointed a former Leader of the Opposition (Ghulam Nabi Azad) in place of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

He claimed, “The BJP first did this gimmick to divert attention from the Adani ‘Mahaghotale’, unemployment, price rise and other burning issues of the people. Then he tried to tilt the balance of this committee to one side by excluding his staunch opponents.

Venugopal asked, “What is the reason behind Khargeji’s ouster?” Is a leader who rose from such a humble background to the top post of India’s oldest party and leads the entire opposition in the Upper House inconvenient for the BJP-RSS?”

The government on Saturday notified an eight-member high-level committee to look into the issue of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha, state assemblies, municipalities and panchayats and make recommendations at the earliest.

The committee will be headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind and will have Home Minister Amit Shah, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Finance Commission Chairman NK Singh as members.

The committee will start work immediately and make recommendations at the earliest. In this, former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash C Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari will also be members.

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