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Lok Sabha polls possible in November, says Rajnath

PTI  Mumbai, April 02, 2013
First Published: 23:17 IST(2/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:22 IST(2/4/2013)

BJP on Tuesday said the country was headed towards mid-term polls and that the Lok Sabha elections could take place as early as October or November.

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BJP's assessment was given by party president and two of its general secretaries M Venkaiah Naidu and Dharmendra Pradhan as they asked the party cadres to be ready for the battle of hustings.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party is a key outside ally of UPA, had said last week the next Lok Sabha elections, which is due only in May 2014, could take place in November.

"I believe the polls can take place even in November," Singh said, addressing party legislators in Mumbai after visiting visiting drought-affected areas in Marathwada region.

"There are also four states where assembly elections will take place in October-November," he said. "Tough assembly polls in Maharashtra are slated next year, we have to prepare from now on itself," he said.

"In Maharashtra, we are out of power for the last 15 years. A party, which was once in power in the state, if it continues to be out of power for so long, I feel it will pose a serious danger. People of the country will feel that these people won't ever come to power," he said.

"If people lose trust in a party, it becomes a herculean task to regain that trust," Singh said.

"The government has failed on all fronts. People want change. They ask if BJP is ready for a change," he said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Singh said, "We won't try to destabilise the government. We feel that no party should try to destabilise a government, because the people of the country bear the brunt.

"However, if the government goes owing to internal squabbles, then BJP can't be blamed," Singh said. "It is in the country's interest that the sooner the government goes, the better," he added.

Echoing Singh's views, Naidu said general elections would be held in October-November as the Congress heading the UPA would not wait till the due date next year when the electoral climate would be adverse for it.

"You can take it from me that general elections are going to held somewhere around October-November", Naidu told a press conference in Bangalore.

He said Congress is not in favour of Lok Sabha elections after Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Delhi and Rajasthan later this year as it has no hope of winning the four states.

According to Naidu, UPA allies are becoming "restive" by the day and Congress fears that they might walk out of the ruling alliance, reducing it to a minority.

Thirdly, Naidu said weather would be "tough" in March-April-May next year with "water problems and other issues", adding, the economic situationwill also worsen next year, prompting the Congress to go in  for early elections in October-November.

Pradhan said the UPA government was in 'coma' and elections could take place any time.

"The people of the country want to get rid of the UPA government which is in coma and are looking at BJP as an alternative force to form the next government, which can take place any time," Pradhan, who has retained his position in the recently announced Rajnath Singh-led BJP central team, told reporters in Jamshedpur.

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