Manish Tewari avoids commenting on Mulayam's early polls remark
New Delhi, Feb. 5 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday downplayed Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's remark that the Congress-led UPA might declare the Lok Sabha elections after the Budget Session of Parliament, saying it is everybody's responsibility to ensure that an elected government is allowed to complete its full term.
"I don't want to comment on what honourable Mulayam Singhji has said and what he has not said. But I would definitely like to say that the election took place as scheduled in 2009 and it will take place as scheduled in 2014 also because this country has elected this government for five years," said Tewari.
"And it is everybody's responsibility to ensure that a elected government is allowed to complete its full term," he added.
The Samajwadi Party chief, who has hinted at snap polls, has asked his party cadres to be ready for early polls.
"You all should be prepared for Lok Sabha polls. As per my information, the elections may be declared after the Budget session and the exercise is likely to be held by September," said Yadav.
He has asked his party workers to keep an eye on electoral rolls, remain in touch with people and redress their problems by forwarding it to government officials.
The UPA has over 250 MPs in the Lok Sabha after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) withdrew support from the government. The UPA is provided crucial support from outside by 21 MPs of the Samajwadi Party and 22 MPs of the Bahujan Samaj Party.