As the 2019 Lok Sabha elections come nearer, BJP is trying to form consensus about holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously. Expressing this view, BJP president Amit Shah said today that the party was in favor of conducting both elections simultaneously. Shah spoke about the topic during his three-day visit to Rajasthan. Shah said that all political parties should come together to discuss the possibility of holding the Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously and if an agreement is reached, the same should be notified to the Election Commission. “We definitely want Lok Sabha and state assembly elections to be held together. The BJP believes in the concept,” Shah said during a press conference organized in Jaipur.
Shah said that even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in favor of conducting the Lok Sabha and assembly election simultaneously. Shah also talked about the issue of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He said that the temple would be constructed at the site after legal issues have been resolved and an agreement is reached between both the parties through mutual dialogue. He said that this approach to resolve the Ram temple issue has been mentioned in all the past 4 Lok Sabha election manifestos issued by BJP. On the question that creamy layer among SC/ST should be excluded from reservation, Shah said that the issue can only be decided through an all-party meeting.