Thiruvananthapuram: Senior BJP leader Arun
Jaitley on Sunday said the outcome of Assembly polls in five
states would have a serious impact on the UPA government at
the Centre and might even affect its longevity.
The election results would further strengthen the BJP-led
NDA as the main alternative since Left was not in a position
to revive the Third Front, Jaitley, who is in Kerala to
campaign for BJP for the April 13 Assembly polls, told
"The overall outcome will have a significant impact even
outside (these five states). In the last few months there has
been a huge decline in the acceptability, popularity and
credibility of the UPA and the Congress party," he said.
Absence of effective governance and decision making, along
with issues like price rise and corruption, had eroded the
credibility of the government, he said.
In case of corruption, he said, "The UPA had either sought
The overall mood of the country was turning against the
UPA and the NDA would benefit from that. The Left`s efforts to
organise the Third Front would not succeed as the elections
would be a serious setback to them also, he said.
To a question if there was any possibility of a mid-term
Lok Sabha poll, he said since the UPA government was "nervous,
panicky and suffering from lack of effective leadership" the
situation could even affect its longevity.
Jaitley said BJP would do quite well in Assam and fare
better in Kerala.
Despite its inherent strength, Kerala has not been able to
make progress at the pace it should have as the political
process remained polarised between LDF and UDF for long.
To a question on corruption charges against Karnataka
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Jaitley said the matter was
being looked into by Lokayukta.
He, however, said there was a difference between mere
allegations and charges of corruption that come out through
reports of institutions like CAG based on facts.
On the rift between JPC and PAC looking into 2G spectrum
scam issue, he said the Parliamentary system has sufficient
strength to address and reconcile such issues. "These
institutions know how to respect each other and reconcile," he