Early polls inevitable, says BJP
New Delhi: Early polls are inevitable, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Friday, dismissing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that the government would complete its five-year tenure. "...The government will not last its full term and and mid-term elections seem to be inevitable," BJP leader Balbir Punj said Friday.
"Irrespective of what Manmohan Singh says, there is an atmosphere of instability around the government... That is why you have this speculation about mid-term elections," Punj told reporters. "This government has lost its mandate to rule the people long back and now its numbers in Lok Sabha are also low. The country is passing through a phase of social and political instability," he said.
The BJP's comment comes a day after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said at a party meeting that the Lok Sabha polls were likely around November. However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday night said he was confident that the government would complete its term, which comes to an end next year around May.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi reiterated the prime minister's statement to reporters on his way back from Durban.
"Our government is very stable," Alvi told IANS, adding that elections would be held on time in 2014.