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UPA should seek fresh mandate, says Nitish

Ashok Mishra, Hindustan Times  Patna, March 21, 2013
First Published: 18:31 IST(21/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:36 IST(21/3/2013)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said in Patna an early Lok Sabha election was the only way out of the current political imbroglio in the country.

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“The current political situation in the country is marked by complete chaos. Fresh poll seems to be the only way out of this”, Kumar told reporters in his State Assembly chamber.

“Look at what we have here. Parliament is not running properly. A Union minister makes objectionable remarks against the head of a party (which is) backing the government and the UPA chairperson has to apologise,” he said.

Kumar said, in his opinion, the Congress-led ruling coalition at the Centre was quite capable of ensuring the survival of the Manmohan Singh regime even in the (present) adverse circumstances.

“But, I feel that instead of looking for other options to keep the UPA government afloat, the ruling coalition should face elections to secure a fresh mandate,” the chief minister said.

Kumar said the UPA had already completed nine years in office. “As such, I see no harm in the ruling coalition seeking a fresh mandate to end the current spell of political instability,” he said.

Kumar’s advocacy of fresh polls is significant amid reports suggesting that the UPA leadership is keen to line up fresh allies in the wake of the DMK’s pull-out from the UPA.

There have been media reports speculating the possibility of Kumar’s JD (U), which has 20 members in the Lok Sabha, and Mamata Bannerjee-led Trinamool Congress, as being among those seen as the UPA’s ‘potential allies’.

Interestingly, Kumar was quoted by the media as having said on Tuesday that the DMK's pull-out from the UPA government would not lead to early elections.

"The Lok Sabha polls will be held as scheduled because the Congress-led UPA government is an expert in 'jugaad' (managing)," Kumar reportedly told mediapersons in Patna, on his return to the state capital after his ‘adhikar rally’ in New Delhi.

Kumar had also said other parties supporting the UPA from inside and outside would continue their support.


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