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Want UPA II to last full term: Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she would be happy to see the UPA II last its full term

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 13, 2012 2:54:44 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she would be happy to see the UPA II last its full term.

Mamata’s message was communicated through a tweet by party MP Derek O’ Brien around 2 pm in which he said: “Mamata Banerjee to me a few minutes ago — Let me clear the half truths being reported… I would be happy to see UPA 2 last its full term.”

The statement comes a day after the Chief Minister announced at a party programme in Kolkata that she had “information that a political party in Delhi had held a meeting to advance the Lok Sabha poll to 2013”. She had urged the party leaders to be ready for such an eventuality while adding that her party was in any case ready to face the polls at a 24-hour notice.

At one stage,there was a strong buzz in political circles about Mamata pitching for an early Lok Sabha poll to cash in on the popular wave created after the historic win of the Trinamool Congress in the 2011 Assembly polls.

However,Mamata’s assertion of the UPA II running its full course is apparently an indication that she has confidence in the Centre even in the face of the row over the state’s demand for a moratorium on the huge cumulative debt burden of over Rs 200,000 crore.

Meanwhile,the Trinamool Congress government also celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday,for which it has planned a week-long celebration.

No early polls: Cong
A day after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee told her partymen to be ready for mid-term polls in 2013,the Congress on Saturday asserted that the general elections will be held on schedule in 2014.

“I have not gone through the statement by Banerjee but one thing is clear: UPA-II will complete its term and elections will be held on schedule,” Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said. “There is no question of any mid-term polls.”

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