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One Nation One Election : ...When Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections were held simultaneously in the country, know how this trend broke

  New Delhi: The Central Government has recently constituted a high-level committee and started the exercise for 'One Nation, One Election' system. However, Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections have been held simultaneously in the country even before this. Between December 1951 and February 1952, independent India held its first elections to both the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assemblies. This process continued till the end of the seventh decade of the last century. As unstable non-Congress state governments began to fall and mid-term elections were held, the joint electoral system continued to disintegrate. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi dissolved the Lok Sabha in 1970 and called for general elections in 1971, 15 months ahead of schedule. This was the first time that the Lok Sabha was dissolved in independent India. Elections were originally due in 1972, but Indira Gandhi, leading a minority government, wanted absolute power as soon as possible. His decision completely separated the state assembly elections from the general elections. Congress still opposition party The Ram Nath Kovind-led High-Level Committee on One Nation, One Electoral System approached 62 political parties, of which 47 responded. Among them, 32 political parties, including the BJP, supported the concept of one nation, one election. However, 15 political parties, including the Congress, strongly opposed the idea and claimed that it would violate the basic structure of the Constitution.