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Posted On: 15 JUL 2019

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat – Global superpower

The recent elections are a proof of the fact that the Indian democracy has come of age and the electorate has matured to a level where it is able to select and elect the right person and right party at the right time. People have supported the policies and performance of Modi 1.0, one mainstay of which was the safety and unity of the nation.

As soon as Modi 2.0 was voted to power and installed in seat the first issue our Prime Minister took up is One Nation One Election.

The experience of the past few decades has shown as to how much funds and efforts are wasted on staggered state elections. Almost every year the nation, the parties and the leaders are almost constantly in election mode. This, on one hand, results in diversion of precious resources and manpower from productive investment in nation-building.

On the other hand, it obfuscates real issues facing the nation and leads to constant mutual recrimination. There is an election every few months in some state which results in governance getting hampered due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct.

The central government ministers have to spend time on electioneering which affects national policy making and administration. Every state election costs the taxpayers at least Rs 300 crore. The Election Commission would have spent over Rs 4,000 crore in holding the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. According to estimates, One Nation One Election could be held for around Rs 4,500 crore. The constitutional impediments can be removed by the experts well in time for 2024 polls.

Modiji is taking forward an idea mooted by the law commission during Vajpayeeji’s regime in 1999. In fact, simultaneous conducting of state and Lok Sabha polls was also supported by a parliamentary panel headed by a Congress MP in December 2015. Now the opposition parties are targeting Modiji because they are afraid that their vote banks demolished in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will get wiped out by Modiji’s nation first policies.

In 2014, Modiji was unknown outside Gujarat but still India trusted his promise of bringing Achhe Din and voted to give the Gujarat model a try. Modi 1.0 passed the test with flying colours. Its people-friendly schemes like DBT, Ujjwala, Saubhagya, Mudra, and Ayushman Bharat ensured that the living standards of the bottom of the pyramid improved significantly.

The common man had never experienced such a huge qualitative change in ease of living in such a short span of time and returned Modiji a bigger mandate.

The focus of Modi 2.0 is going to be on Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. One Nation One Election is a part of this agenda, which also includes abolishing Article 370, construction of Ram Mandir and the implementation of NRC not just in the Northeast but across the country. This will pave the way for Modi 3.0 which will implement even more serious reforms that will make India a global economic superpower. India accounted for 22.6% of the world's GDP around in the early 18th century and a quarter of the global industrial output till the middle of the 18th century before the British rule. The third term of Modi sarkar will see reservations being phased out as well as labour and land acquisition reforms that will help India attract investment and become a manufacturing hub.

It will be another step in helping India regain its status of soney ki chidiya (golden bird) which was once the envy of the world.

Modiji has risen to the top from the grass-roots level. He has first-hand experienced the troubles and travails of the common man. Those born with a silver spoon and with party positions served on a platter can never understand the problems of the general populace. For them, elections are like a perpetual game of thrones played generation after generation.

Due to this instinctive connect with the problems of the common man Modiji from the very beginning addressed the issues which affect people on a day-to-day basis. We all remember his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort where he talked about the problem of open-air defecation rampant in rural India. He realised that it is not voluntary but forced on the people due to poverty and lack of facilities.

The consequences of sanitary neglect were also not lost on him. The best thing about Modiji is that he not only makes a promise but fulfills it.

In line with his positive thinking, Modiji has realised that the strength, growth and prosperity of a nation depend on the unity of its people, proud and loyal to the country. India is a subcontinent, a federal union of different provinces languages and cultures. What binds them together is our Constitution and the government elected under it. In 1952 we started with One Nation One Election and the declaration of a unitary federalism, Modiji wants to revive it and he is unstoppable when he puts his mind to something.

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