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\ Quraishi, however, said that due to frequent polls, Quraishi, however, said that due to frequent polls,\\\"people and politicians are always in election mode. And, you\see, communal matters being raked up, from \\’love jihad\\’ to\\\’cow slaughter\\’ in the past, and the issues later subside.\ \\"So, if there are less elections, both people and parties\wouldn\\’t talk about communal issues as much as they do now.\\"\ The idea of simultaneous polls hasn\\’t been thought\through and several aspects have to deliberated and weighed\in, he said.\ To counter the instability factor, the President and\co-founder of PRS Legislative Research, M R Madhavan, proposed\the German model of moving \\"both a no-confidence motion and a\confidence motion.\\"\ \\"If an alliance party suddenly decides to withdraw\support as happened in Delhi Assembly polls 2013, why\shouldn\\’t the confidence motion be tested before going for\fresh polls,\\" he asked.\ \\"Besides, a broad consensus must be reached by all\parties over the idea of simultaneous polls, as in the GST\case,\\" he said.\ Majority of panelists also agreed that while one-time\elections may make the job of Election Commission and the\administration easier, the role of regional parties isecessary for sustaining the federal structure.\ These small entities would otherwise be practically\\\"wiped out\\" in simultaneous polls, they said.\ Quraishi, when asked which state is the most difficult to\hold elections in, said, \\"There are different states, and each\of them presents its own set of challenges. So, Bihar, West\Bengal and Manipur, I would say are very difficult to conduct\polls in… UP is not so difficult.\\"\ \\"From law and order issues to Maoist-affected areas, we\have to deal with several challenges in different states,\\" he\said.\ First general elections after Independence were held in\1952. And, from thereon to 1957, 1962 and 1967, polls were a\joint affair.\ The government on its website MyGov.com, had earlier also\sought views of \\"all interested people\\", including common\citizens, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, constitutional experts, academics\experts and bureaucrats on the idea of holding simultaneous\elections.\ Several structural changes will need to be done in case a\decision is made to conduct simultaneous election, including\possibility of Constitutional amendments to streamline the\process. PTI KND\RT\

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