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Mulayam says a big No to 'mid-term' polls
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has refused to endorse the idea of 'mid-term' polls..

THE POLITICAL opponents of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) especially those who are against the Congress, have begun exploring the possibilities of a possible ‘Third front’ as it’s alternative at the centre, and have been speculating on the chances of a mid-term poll.

After the Congress performed badly in the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh and Samajwadi Party swept the polls by a huge margin leading to the formation of next government in the state, leaders of regional parties like the Trinamool Congress, Janta Dal United, Shiromani Akali Dal, etc started preparing on for the mid-term polls something which not only the Congress but also the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), which heads the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) refused to think and talk of.

Janta Dal United national president Sharad Yadav had said that the mid-term polls can prove disastrous for the Congress and could give a golden opportunity to small regional parties, which have gained alarming importance in recent times following the weakening of national parties in states. Bihar chief minister and JDU leader Nitish Kumar also has similar views to express. He feels as the Congress is weak now following the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh, the conditions are favourable for mid-term polls.

Leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal also think on the same lines. Sukhbir Singh Badal thinks if the polls are advanced then his party has the upper edge in Punjab where the tide is in their favour. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee was also looking for the mid-term poll as her leader and Union Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi was the first person to blow the trumpet on the issue. But later on, following the Rail budget and then anticipating some package for West Bengal in the budget, she preferred to keep silence on the issue and right now all his party leaders are keeping a low profile. Mamata does not want to open her cards right now.

Earlier, the NDA convener and JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav had met senior BJP leader L K Advani and apprised him of the situation regarding regional parties’ plans for the mid-term polls but Advani failed to support the idea. The BJP MPs are in no mood to face the electorate, and they are insisting on the Lok Sabha completing its full term which ends in 2014.

The leader of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati has already said that her party would continue to support the UPA at the Centre unconditionally till 2014 to keep a check on the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.

Even the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav who has expressed his desire to be the Prime Minister of India, rejected the question of any mid-term poll. He said the house will complete its term and there was no question of withdrawing the support from the UPA at the Centre. His son and UP chief minister elect Akhilesh Yadav also told the media there was no question of any ‘mid-term’ polls as they do not want to strengthen the communal forces in the nation.

So, the clouds are clear now. There will be no ‘mid-term’ polls in the Centre as majority of MPs do not favour the idea.

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