There would be no mid-term polls: Digvijay Singh



Indore: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the country and expected "smooth functioning" of the upcoming Parliament session.

"(There will be) No early...Nor mid-term polls and the upcoming Parliament session would go smoothly," Singh said during a press conference here today.

On reports of strained ties between UPA parties, Singh said, "There were always difficulties in coalition governments, which, the UPA government, too, is facing".

Alleging that the BJP had always made an issue of the development measures taken by the Congress-led UPA government, Singh said, "I am shocked that the BJP had opposed implementation of VAT, de-regulation of petrol and FDI in retail, which the erstwhile NDA government had decided to effect in its policies".

The BJP-ruled states were not providing any relief in tax or providing subsidy to consumers, he alleged.

On the issue of subsidised LPG cylinders, Singh said, the Congress leadership was considering to raise the number of subsidised cylinders to at least nine and the BJP-ruled states should also provide three more subsidised cylinders to consumers.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister claimed that there was no discord within the state congress committee, led by Kantilal Bhuria.

Meanwhile, when asked about Singh's comments on the sidelines of a function here today, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he did not want to indulge in any allegation and counter-allegation game. "I will appeal to everyone cutting across the party lines that they should not give a political colour to any development works," he said.

"I do not want to spend my energy on what he (Digvijay) told media," Chouhan added.

PTI