UPA not to go for early Lok Sabha polls: Left

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New Delhi, Mar 2: The Left parties today said possibility of the UPA government pushing the country into early Lok Sabha polls was low and the general budget would not give any political benefit to the ruling coalition. Besides, the other allies of the UPA did not appear to be in favour of cutting the term of Parliament by one year for no logical reasons.

Talking to the sources, the top leaders of the CPI(M), CPI and Forward Bloc also contested the reports that the government could go in for clinching the Indo-US nuke deal in July. The Left leaders' observations assume political significance in the wake of the reports that some Congress leaders wanted to cash in on the Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver, raised IT exemptions limit and largesses to all segments of society.

CPI(M) senior leader Mohammad Salim said no doubt the rail and the general budget were prepared keeping in view the coming assemblies and parliamentary polls. ''The feel good factor within the Congress and the allies is also visible but I don't think the non-Congress UPA constitutes are for early polls.'' Mr Salim's comment can be seen in the context of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's statement yesterday that there was no hurry to hold general elections.

The CPI(M) leader, who is also the party's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha, said no doubt the Congress would try to create an euphoria but would like to wait for the people's response in terms of political benefit that it was trying to harvest.

On Finance Minister P Chidambaram's claim that the loan waiver for farmers will boost the economy, another senior CPI(M) leader said the package did not distinguish between dry land areas and irrigated farmland. So it is very difficult to explain how Mr Chidambaram's claims were going to help enhance the agricultural production and economy.

CPI senior leader S Sudhakar Reddy remarked that the Congress will get ''some little advantage in terms of its image making''.

''But there seems to be no logic or rationale behind cutting Parliament's tenure by an year. Besides, it is important for the UPA to continue in office to keep the BJP from coming back to power and give more relief to the 'aam aadmi','' said Mr Reddy, the CPI national council member.

He said of course the Congress would not like to discuss its political strategy with the Left parties but the budget proposals on farm loans were not convincing.

Mr Reddy said, ''It is unfortunate that the government has chosen to make one time announcement on waiving farmers' loans while ignoring the other two thirds, who have borrowed money from the money lenders. We had demanded the setting up of a debt relief commission to mitigate the sufferings of the people.'' Forward Bloc national secretary G Devarajan asserted that the general feeling among the Left parties was that despite the euphoria created over the loan waivers for the farmers and tax relief, the government will not go in for an early Lok Sabha election.

''As far as impact of the general budget is concerned, it is going to boomerang on the ruling coalition because no new scheme was announced in the budget.'' He also deplored that the government had not accepted even a single recommendation of the Radhakrishna Expert Group Findings on the victims of the money lenders.

Besides, other UPA allies also does not seem to be in favour of early polls. On the Nuclear deal, he said the rural populace did not undertstand the intricacies of the deal.


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