Haryana ready for simultaneous elections if EC decides so: Khattar

Vastavam web: Haryana is ready for simultaneous elections to the Assembly and Lok Sabha if the Election Commission (EC) decides to do so, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday and added he was in favour of such a move. Khattar underlined that it was the prerogative of the poll panel when and how to conduct elections. Addressing a press conference at the Haryana Bhawan here on the fourth anniversary of his government, Khattar said the BJP-led dispensation provided a “graft-free and transparent” administration.

Listing the achievements of his government, Khattar said the pace of growth of the state would further expedite in the fifth year of his government’s tenure. Replying to an question on simultaneous elections to state assemblies and Lok Sabha, Khattar said, “It is the prerogative of the poll panel when and how to conduct elections. We are not saying this, if the Election commission says that both Lok Sabha and state assembly elections should be conducted simultaneously, we are ready for it.”

The chief minister said the state government was planning to develop five new cities of 5,000 hectares each alongside two major expressways — Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP).