UPA govt stronger after FDI vote, no mid-term polls: Lalu Prasad
Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday ruled out mid-term polls in the country and said the UPA government has emerged stronger after the parliamentary nod on the government's decision to allow the FDI in multi-brand retail.
"There is no question of mid-term polls taking place in the country as the UPA government has emerged stronger after the parliamentary nod on the government's decision to allow the FDI in multi-brand retail," he told reporters here.
The next general elections will be held as scheduled in 2014 and the same will be fought between the secular forces headed by the UPA versus the BJP-headed 'communal' forces and the ruling coalition will emerge victorious, Prasad claimed.
The RJD supremo was, however, not explicit about pre- poll alliance among the UPA allies for general elections and said that it may so happen that the political parties supporting the Congress-led government have option to either work out seat-sharing arrangements with friendly parties or contest the general elections on their own in the states and come together to form a secular government at the Centre.
"Whatever may be the options before the UPA constituents, one thing is clear that the Congress-led secular front will come back to power in the next general elections and keep the communal and fascist forces at bay," he said.
Prasad said the clarity about political situation in the country in the run up to the general elections in 2014 will emerge after the Gujarat assembly polls later this month.
"The clouds will clear after the Gujarat assembly polls," he said.
Prasad dared the BJP to come 'online' about Modi's prospects as its prime ministerial candidate.
He wondered whether the saffron party will be able to keep its allies together if it did announce Narendra Modi as its PM candidate, referring to strong opposition to Modi's candidature by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The RJD supremo also ruled out emergence of third front to oppose both the UPA and NDA in the general elections and said that there were no takers for such a non-existent third front in the political firmament of the country now and in future.
On the FDI in multi-brand retail, he said that the UPA government has rightly gone ahead with allowing foreign investment in the retail sectors and the consumers and the farmers will get their best bargain even as the retail stores will open up more employment opportunities for the unemployed youths.
More over, it was not mandatory for the states to allow the FDI in multi-brand retail in its jurisdiction if one was opposed to the concept, he said referring to opposition by the BJP and other political parties.
"For BJP, the decision to allow the FDI in multi-brand retail is like a sour grapes as it could not get to implement the measure in spite of commitment in its election manifesto to allow 100 per cent FDI in retail," the RJD supremo said.
On his own party MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh not voting for the FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha, he said that by abstaining from voting Singh only helped the UPA.