Prepared to face mid-term polls: Mamata

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Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that her party was ready in the event of a mid-term Lok Sabha elections.

She, however, made it a point to mention that her party was in favour of the the UPA-II completing its full term at the Centre.

Banerjee’s party, the Trinamool Congress, is the second largest party in the ruling coalition of the UPA-II at the Centre with 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 8 MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

“We want the UPA government to complete its full term. We would not like it to collapse mid-way,” she told reporters at Writers Buildings (State secretariat).

“But our party is ready. Anytime we can go for elections. We are ready to serve the people,” she added when asked about the eventuality of a mid-term poll.

Political circumstances

When categorically asked to comment on the possibility of a mid-term poll, she maintained that such a possibility would depend on the prevailing political circumstances in the country.

“It is a big question. We have to see the political circumstances first,” she maintained.

According to Banerjee, she would have to consult her party first before taking any decision on mid-term polls.

“If there is an election tomorrow, we have to discuss it in our party and in the concerned forum because this decision is not mine alone,” she added.

(This article was published on August 28, 2012)
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