4) Simultaneous elections  in India would require some major amendments in the constitution. Discuss, in light of the recent Law commission report. (250 Words)

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Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

4) Simultaneous elections  in India would require some major amendments in the constitution. Discuss, in light of the recent Law commission report. (250 Words)

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Why this question

Simultaneous elections is an old but important topic. Recently the Law Commission in its report supported the idea of simultaneous elections and also provided a framework for amending the constitution. This topic is related to GS-2 syllabus under the following heading- Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

and also to- Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

Key demand of the question.

The question simply wants us to write about what constitutional amendments would be required in order to materialize holding of simultaneous elections in India.

Directive word

Discuss- we have to write in detail about the constitutional amendments that would be required before holding simultaneous elections in India. In this case, we have to take the reference of the Law commission’s report. As the question is very specific, our discussion has to be exhaustive and bring out all the legal aspects involved.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- you can introduce your answer by defining simultaneous collections and mentioning the names of committees/ bodies/ commissions which have recommended simultaneous elections in the country e.g law commission, NITI Ayog etc. Also, mention the need to amend the constitution and other laws/rules.

Body- write in points about all the amendments to the Constitution/laws/rules that would be required before holding simultaneous elections in India and what procedure is required (role of states). Also, discuss the legal concepts/terms described by the Law Commission report, e.g constructive vote of no-confidence.

Conclusion- Mention the idea of holding the upcoming elections as mooted by the Law commission report.