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Venkaiah Naidu predicts early general elections

Predicting early elections, BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu said people were looking at the BJP-led coalition as the best alternative to the ruling dispensation.

Hyderabad: Predicting early elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said people were looking at the BJP-led coalition as the best alternative to the ruling dispensation.

Addressing a news conference here, he claimed that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has been giving indications of early polls. He hinted that general elections may be held in October or November 2013, although they are only due to be held 2014.

"The allies are also publicly saying elections may be held any time. Whenever elections are held, the defeat of Congress party is inevitable. Anti-Congress sentiments are strong across the country," Naidu said

Alleging that the UPA had failed on all fronts, Naidu said people were looking at the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as the best alternative.

"The BJP will gain further strength in the coming days. Even in states where the BJP is considered weak, the situation will change," he said.

The BJP leader said some leaders like Mulayam Singh were talking of a Third Front, but he described that as a "tried and failed experience".

Naidu also announced that the BJP national council meeting would be held in Delhi on March 2 and 3 to discuss measures to further strengthen the party and to chalk out its future programme.

Targeting the economic policies of the UPA government, Naidu claimed that the decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased unemployment. Terming the government "incompetent", he said that because of its anti-people measures, price rise and insecurity, people were waiting to see it out of office.


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