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Updated: May 12, 2012 15:47 IST

Be prepared for early LS polls, Mamata tells party

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West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee takes her chair by herself during the party's organisational elections, in Kolkata on Friday. Photo: PTI
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee takes her chair by herself during the party's organisational elections, in Kolkata on Friday. Photo: PTI

Claiming she has information that a political party had held a meeting in New Delhi to bring the Lok Sabha elections forward to 2013, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked her party workers here on Friday to be prepared to face elections any day.

“Take the people into confidence. Do not undermine any election. Be prepared so that we can face elections any day,” Ms. Banerjee told a gathering of party leaders and supporters.

She said she had information about the meeting where holding of early Lok Sabha elections was discussed but refused to divulge more.

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Dear Editor, This is not the latest news. Her aide O'Brien has clarified
in a tweet that she was misquoted or half quoted and that she has not
said anything like that. The general excuse of putting all the blame on

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 18:05 IST

When mamata failed to get special package for west bengal, trying to scare congress party which got a big blow in uttar pradesh. No body can trust this lady, she can do any thing any time. She can withdraw support so that she can capture many MP seats from the state, keeping in mind the assembly election result. Congress party must be ready to face the consequences.

from:  shahab
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 17:09 IST

We have had enough of this drama of early poll by coalition partners, TMC being the protagonist, to emphasize their importance to the survival of the present government at the Centre. This repeated reference to withdrawal of coalition support, possible fall of the government is making UPA II increasingly jittery and it is dragging its feet to initiate much needed reform in crucial sectors for fear of riling its partners and as a result engaging more in ally appeasement instead of demonstrating courage to go ahead with important decisions. It appears to be retiring in a shell, keeping a low profile, waiting for somehow this storm of growing public disenchantment with its governance to blow over. This is bad for the entire nation. If the parties in the alliance with the Congress like the TMC feel the government does not have a clear mandate, it should withdraw support at once and go for election, form a new coalition. The politics of opportunism that they are playing are disgusting.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 14:00 IST

Mamata Banerjee's full potential and capacity are not being used at the State level. She should start making plans to move up to the Centre and take over as India's next Prime Minister. The nation wants a dynamic, young go-getter. Also, she must scrap the coalition system of governance as this system is the biggest incentive for corruption and criminalisation.

from:  JK Dutt
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 13:09 IST

You always make similar Cry to get benefits, Same was happend in case of Railway minister shuffling where u want to bring your more trustworthy (12th Standard Pass) to operate one of the world largest Railways network... I hope you seen the hidden qualification of Mukul which world never seen... I hope you will bring someone 8th Standard pass to handle Finance ministry if your tricks works in future.

from:  Mamta a opportunist
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 12:47 IST

The dysfunctional nature of Trinamool Congress and its antics, perhaps warrants its dismissal and a call for President rule in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress under the rule of Ms. Mamta Banerjee, who is perhaps best suited to be a Student Union leader and not someone who can lead an impoverished state out of its misery. Clearly, she has an axe to grind against the Congress. But, does she understand the costs and implications of having a general election before the completion of the term. India can ill afford to have a costly election earlier than the stipulated time. Clearly, TC is not a trustworthy ally of Congress.

from:  Shaun Warren
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 10:54 IST

The government of the day is held captive to the political gimmicks of
its allies. In this situation, the prime minister is well advised to go
in for a snap poll seeking a clear mandate of the people of this great
nation either way-clear majority for the party at the helm or in the

from:  manoharan
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 10:31 IST
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