Before the all-party meeting, the Minister of minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday claimed that the country will be benefitted if a consensus was reached on the issue of 'one nation, one election.'
"Our country is a multi-party democracy. The country needs 'one nation, one election,' he said.
He added that the Lok Sabha election has just got over and that now the state Assembly elections will take place in four to five states, if an agreement is reached by all political parties, it will be beneficial for the country. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited the heads of all political parties that have at least one member either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha for a meeting that he will head to discuss several issues, including the 'one nation, one election' idea for holding simultaneous election to the Lok Sabha and the state Legislative Assemblies in the country.
The leaders who won’t attend the meet are Bahujan Samaj Party’s supremo Mayawati, DMK president MK Stalin, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.
Reacting to the decline of invitation, Naqvi said, "If they do not want to attend the meet, it is their problem. It is necessary to have a dialogue with all the parties. It is a great opportunity for political parties to put forth their views."
Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also skip today's meeting, but Raghav Chadha will represent the party at the meet. MP from Guntur Jayadev Galla is likely to represent the TDP at the meeting. The Left Front parties - Sitaram Yechury (CPM General Secretary) and S Sudhakar Reddy (CPI General Secretary) - will be attending the all-party meeting. NCP chief Sharad Pawar will also participate in the meet, according to FirstPost.