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EPS' dramatic reversal on "One Country, One  Election" proposal.

EPS' dramatic reversal on "One Country, One Election" proposal.

The Election Commission of India conducts the parliamentary elections and state assembly elections separately. The central BJP government is showing seriousness to bring the practice of 'one country, one election'. The reasons given for this are normal life of the people being affected and the cost is high due to frequent elections.
Parties including DMK and Congress are opposing the one country one election process.
But AIADMK's position has changed. In 2015, when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister of  Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK submitted a report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee in support of the One Country One Election Procedure. 
During the AIADMK rule in Tamil Nadu in 2018, the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had objected to the letter sent by the Law Commission regarding the issue of 'One Nation One Election'.
While the tenure of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly was till 2021, if the ``One Nation, One Election'' plan is implemented, the lifespan of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly will be reduced. 
Therefore, AIADMK's will not support is not there', the letter said..
AIADMK's Thambidurai and C.V Shanmugam participated in the Law Commission meeting held in Delhi and said that they are against holding elections to all state assemblies along with Lok Sabha elections in 2019. 
In this case, last January, when the Law Commission asked political parties for their opinion regarding ``One country, One election'', it was informed that AIADMK's position is that they support the idea of "One country, One election".
Edappadi Palaniswami's shifting positions between holding power and being in the opposition have drawn sharp criticism for appearing opportunistic and driven by a quest for power.
In this case, the BJP government is showing seriousness to implement one country and one election procedure in 2024. 
The special session of Parliament will be held from 18th to 22nd. It is said that the Central Government is planning to pass the 'One Nation One Election' Bill.
Also, the central government has constituted a special committee headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind to examine the feasibility of the ``One Nation, One Election'' idea. 
Due to this, the matter has again become a topic of discussion.
AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami's support for this project has caused controversy. There have been criticisms that he is taking opportunistic decisions for the sale of the  post.
Who cares about criticisms these days?