Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has declined to join the eight-member committee formed by the central government to examine ‘One Nation, One Election’. This comes hours after an official notification was released on Saturday announcing the committee under the chairmanship of former President Ram Nath Kovind.
Chowdhury’s reasons to decline the offer
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in declining to serve on the Committee whose terms of reference have been prepared in a manner to guarantee its conclusions. It is, I am afraid, a total eyewash,” Chowdhury wrote in a letter referring to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“The sudden attempt to thrust a constitutionally suspect, pragmatically non-feasible and logistically unimplementable idea on the nation, months before the general elections, raises serious concerns about ulterior motives of the government,” the letter reads.
“Furthermore, I find that the current LOP in the Rajya Sabha has been excluded. This is a deliberate insult to the system of Parliamentary democracy. In these circumstances, I have no option but to decline your invitation,” the Congress MP wrote in the letter.