Rajeev Shukla in tune with PM, rules out early elections

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 13:40 hrs

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla on Friday backed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's statement, and said that the elections will take place on schedule in 2014.

"We will try that elections are held on the stipulated time. It is right of every political party to prepare for the polls and make its on estimate. On that basis they might have said. We will try to resolve, if any, differences with them on some issues," he said, while reacting to the views of other political outfits on the Prime Minister's remark.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujral expressed surprise with the Prime Minister's statement, and said that the Congress-led UPA II Government doesn't have the numbers in case the Samajwadi Party (SP) withdraws its support.

"The government will be in minority, how could it continue if it is in minority," he said.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on his part estimated that the Samajwadi Party would not pull out of the government.

"I don't think Mulayam Singh, who has been with them for the last nine years, will withdraw support. I don't believe it. Definitely, he is upset," he said.

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.

The Samajwadi Party provides outside support to the UPA. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has, however, off late lashed out at the ruling Congress Party, thereby hinting that this outfit could possibly withdraw its support to the government in the coming days.

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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