BJP takes on UPA, says 'nation suffering from political instability'

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 10:30 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that there is a political instability in the country despite Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's claims that the UPA Government at the Centre will complete its full term and the Lok Sabha elections will take place only in 2014 as scheduled.

"Irrespective of what Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh says, the fact is that there is an atmosphere of instability about the government in the country, and that this why you have various people speculating about mid-term elections," said BJP MP Balbir Punj.

"This government had lost the mandate to rule from the people long time back and now it's numbers in the house that is in the Lok Sabha are also suspect and the country is passing through a phase of total political instability," he added.

The Congress Party, however, excluded confidence and backed the Prime Minister's statement.

"It could be Mulayam Singh's opinion. The Prime Minister stated that elections would take place on schedule, that is in April and May, and there is no problem," said Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit.

Dr. Singh, who arrived in New Delhi late on Thursday night after taking part in the fifth BRICS summit in Durban, talked to the media on board, and said that the government is stable and will complete its full five-year term.

"Obviously, coalitions face issues. Sometimes, they give the impression that these arrangements are not very stable and I cannot deny that those possibilities exist. But I am confident our government will complete five years and that the next Lok Sabha elections will take place on schedule," Dr. Singh said.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has evinced interest in forming a Third Front of political parties committed to social change in Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"A coalition government is the need of the country, as no single party can come to power at Centre on its own strength," he has said.

The Congress-led UPA Government has been in a minority since September last year when Mamata Banerjee pulled out her Trinamool Congress over the Centre's economic reforms, including opening the retail sector to foreign super-chains like Wal-Mart.

The DMK also earlier this month withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.

This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.

With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha. (ANI)

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