A day after she was reported to have alerted her party workers about early Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool Congress boss Mamata Banerjee took a quick U-turn on Saturday, saying she would be happy to see UPA 2 last its full term.
On Friday, she was reported to have told party workers in Kolkata: “I have got information that a meeting was held in Delhi. I won’t say which party convened that meeting. They want to hold Lok Sabha polls by 2013.”
“Any day, we can face election. So, we must be ready. And we must not do anything so people misunderstand me,” she reportedly said. Lok Sabha elections are scheduled for April-May 2014.
But Trinamool spokesperson Derek O’Brien tweeted on Saturday, quoting Banerjee: “Let me be clear… I would be happy to see UPA 2 lasts its full term.” He said, “What she said was that she had heard this issue being discussed in Delhi. Now our statement clarified the position.”
The clarification came after the Congress ruled out the possibility of early polls. But the BJP latched on to Banerjee’s statement. “She has hinted at 2013... we want this government to go in 2012 only. It is not in this country’s favour for this government to stay even a minute longer.”