LUCKNOW: A seven-member panel has submitted a report to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath proposing recommendations on simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.
The report was also forwared to the Centre for consideration. As per the report, the panel headed by Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh suggested states — where polls were due on or before December 31, 2021 — may club it with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Similarly, states where elections are due after 2021, they can postpone and club the polls with the 2024 general elections.
If the panel’s recommendations are accepted, the tenure of at least eight state governments, including UP, Gujarat, Punjab and Karnataka, may get an extension to their term in office by onetwo years. On the other hand, in states such as Bihar, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Tamil Nadu, the assembly polls may be advanced to be clubbed with the 2019 LS polls.