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Centre rules out mid-term polls

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Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of Forests and Environment Jayanthi Natarajan. File photo: Shanker Chakravarty
Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of Forests and Environment Jayanthi Natarajan. File photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Ruling out a mid-term poll in the wake of Congress’ setback in the recent Assembly polls, Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Thursday said the Manmohan Singh-led government will complete its term and asked opposition parties not to nurture hopes of destabilising it.

“There is no question of a mid-term poll. The Union government will last its full term,” she told reporters in Chennai.

With opposition parties being elected to power in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Goa, she said they should concentrate on good governance in their States.

“Those who got elected in various States should not hope to de-stabilise the Centre,” she said.

She said the party had done well in elections in two States, referring to Uttarakhand and Manipur.

On the Women’s Reservation Bill which is yet to be passed in the Lok Sabha, Ms. Natarajan said “We would strain every nerve to pass it during this session.”

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I don't understand why the political parties of our country don't put
their self interest aside, and think about the development of our
country.I mean why they don't understand, India and world is in an
economical crisis, and elections at this moment of time is gonna cost
a lot to our country. They have already spent a lot on creating
monuments and parks on their name, it's time to do something on the
name of our country, India.

from:  sumit kumar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 23:50 IST

Sir,
'The Hindu' with its penchant for verbosity is asking for a comment 1000
characters long on a reaction of the Congress party spokesperson's
comment hardly 500 characters long over the results of the recent
assembly poll results. In my service I have seen people cornering
newsprint quota because one needed political influence to get imported subsidized newsprint.

from:  Kerala Varma
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 18:27 IST

Congratulations to those we are elected to power the States. But they
should focus on development on their states rather than making centre
government weak.

from:  Amarjit Singh Trehan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 18:15 IST

The defence of an indefensible cause. Congress should do some
introspection and give credence to the bold and logical thinking of
Mr.Trivedi. Very rarely some sensible remark is made by a politician from
New Delhi. The PM will do well to ask for fresh polls weeding out the
dishonest from next list. Rahul Gandhi will surely agree to this being
the only other honest person that matters.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 17:53 IST

Ruleaway - when are you going to do away with world ruling! What has independence thought you guys - what kind are democracy are you? Caste - Creed - No sense of Equality! Only Talk! No walk!

from:  Dr. Simmy Katairia
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 17:35 IST

BJP and NDA should put forward the name of Justice Santosh Hegde for the
post of President before another dummy for the post is created by
Congress. Although he might have given a report against BJP leaders in
Karnataka he is a honest man and someone who is capable of having a view
and take a decision unlike the current president.He will surely not be a
rubber stamp for any ruling party. Being a part of Anna;s team he will
surely get a lot of public support also. He can really salvage the pride
of Presidents post which has been lost in the last 5 years.

from:  Raj Kiran
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 16:31 IST

There is no point in hanging on to power just for the sake of it. The adminstration is beseiged. No development, only corrpution. Govt is for taking decisions, if cannot function it is Ok to leave. Give others a chance. There are many among the 1 billion Indians. It is high time sensible MPs withdraw support to this most corrupt govt of independant India. Let them seek a fresh mandate from citizens.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 15:10 IST
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