Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal for 'one nation, one election', stating that it would make things easier.
"Instead of facing the headache of facing elections every three months or six months, it is better to get ready for `one nation, one election', which will bring frequent polls to an end," the Chief Minister told reporters in Amaravati on Thursday.
This came just a day after Naidu's son and Andhra Pradesh Minister for Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and IT, Nara Lokesh, expressed doubts on Modi's proposal.
Modi had proposed to hold one election for the entire country, simultaneously holding polls for the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of the state.
â€œNo state government will agree to go for polls one year in advance ahead of the schedule. Six months could be considered," Lokesh told media persons at the Andhra Pradesh secretariat at Velagapudi.
In November last year, Modi urged media to encourage a debate on 'constructive' subjects like simultaneous elections for the state Assemblies and Parliament.
The Prime Minister said that leaders of almost all political parties "privately say that something must be done".
Modi said several politicians had often hesitated to speak on the issue after he raised it publicly. He, however, maintained that "such hesitation will prevail for some time, but notwithstanding such dilemma, the public discourse should continue".
The Prime Minister said issues like the code of conduct and deployment of poll observers needed to be debated on, as various questions are raised on these matters.
"Often, election observers are deputed for two months, and even the states where elections are not held, have to spare their officials," Modi said.
Meanwhile, Naidu said that he was confident of the TDP being in power for the next 20 years, as his party was focused on development of the state.