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Congress rules out mid-term polls

Congress today ruled out mid-term elections to Lok Sabha and said that the government will complete its full term

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2012 18:31 IST

Congress on Thursday ruled out mid-term elections to Lok Sabha.

"The elections will be held at the proper time," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters in New Delhi.

He was asked about Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's remarks on possibility of early elections.

"As things stand I sometimes feel there could be early elections. But I do not think this will happen. But I cannot say with responsibility what will happen," Yadav said in Kolkata.

Alvi declined to comment on SP's reported announcement that it would not field a candidate against Sonia Gandhi from Rae Baraeli in the next Lok Sabha elections.

"I don't know. I will find out. Elections are too far away," he said.

On reports that Priyanka Gandhi will not be contesting the next Lok Sabha elections, Alvi said it is up to Priyanka to decide whether or not to enter active politics.

He dismissed as "irresponsible" BJP's statement wondering how Rahul Gandhi will be fit for a bigger role at the age of 52, when he is "not fit" for such a role at 42.

Asked about Mulayam's Prime Ministerial aspirations, the Congress spokesperson said "I don't want to make any comment. Every citizen has the right to dream and make efforts towards it".