New Delhi: After attending the crucial all-party meeting here today this afternoon at the Sansad Bhawan, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his media reactions said that his party supports the idea of ‘One Nation One Election’.
The regional satrap also informed media that discussion too was held on the 150th birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi slated to be celebrated this year.
The Odisha Chief Minister said that he has reiterated his earlier suggestion of including the term ‘Non-Violence’ in the Preamble of our Indian Constitution so that it can be a befitting homage and tribute paid to the apostle of Truth and Non-Violence.
On being queried if the raising issue of Deputy Speaker post cropped up during the discussion, the BJD chief replied with an emphatic no to the media.
As per a press note issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Naveen Patnaik placed his views at the meeting saying, “Frequent elections affect the pace of development and also rock the spirit of cooperative federalism. BJD will fully support the idea of ‘One nation One election’. There has to be a give and take attitude in the larger interest of country.”
“As regards celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, as I had earlier suggested, we may consider including the uniquely Indian ideal of ‘nonviolence’ or ‘Ahimsa’, in the Preamble of India’s Constitution. This will ensure that future generations not just of Indians but people around the world will be reminded of the profound truth of this principle,” he stressed.
He also stressed, “No country has ever progressed without empowering half of its population. BJD will extend complete support to Women’s reservation both in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.”
He further mentioned, “As regards development of Aspirational Districts, Centre should focus on macro issues like Tele density, Banking network and Railway reach. Micro issues may be left to the State to focus with support from Centre.”
The Odisha Chief Minister also mentioned, “Land acquisition laws should facilitate Society’s welfare and Country’s growth. We have to have a relook at the 2013 Act especially from the point of view of Railway and Road infrastructure development. Environment Protection and Economic growth has to complement each other. There is a need to relook into the Forest Conservation act.”
He sought, “Central and State PSUs should be treated on an equal footing for statutory requirements. Natural disasters may be considered as criteria for Special Focus on States.”
“Biju Janata Dal has been always supportive of whatever is being done in the interest of country and its people, and we would continue to do so in future as well,” avowed the BJD supremo.
While the vital all-party meeting on ‘One Nation One Election’ was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was skipped by many non-NDA and opposition parties like Congress, CPI (M), DMK, TMC, TDP, AAP, BSP, SP, RJD, and even prominent NDA ally Shiv Sena was conspicuous by its absence.
On the contrary, it was attended by most of the NDA constituents and even UPA constituents like NCP and NC, and also PDP from Jammu and Kashmir.
YSRCP chief-cum-Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagmohan Reddy was present. TRS Working President was also present even though Telangana Chief Minister KCR was absent.