New Delhi: Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, confidently, said the government will complete its full term, members of the Samajwadi Party feel otherwise. SP leader Ram Asrey Kushwaha said the government won't last and elections may happen as early as October or November 2013.
"I have doubts that the Prime Minister and his government will last much longer. I'm sure we will go in for elections by October-November 2013," Kushwaha said.
Meanwhile, amidst warnings by the SP to the UPA government, Finance Minister P Chidambaram shared the stage with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a function in Lucknow.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday acknowledged the possibility of its withdrawal of support to the UPA, but ruled out any threat to his government or early elections. Vowing not to allow coalition compulsions to derail the reforms process, he said that the government is confident of pushing ahead with the reforms that matter and that are going to yield results in the next few months. He also added that he won't allow a situation where governance is put aside.
"Well, obviously coalitions face issues. Sometimes, they give the impression that these arrangements are not very stable arrangements and I cannot deny that such possibilities don't exist", the Prime Minister said. "But I am confident that our government will complete full five years, and that the next election to the Lok Sabha will be held on schedule (in 2014)," Singh told reporters accompanying him on his return from a four-day visit to Durban in South Africa.
Rejecting popular opinion that the UPA cannot hold allies together, Manmohan Singh said he did not endorse that view. He said that the government was compelled to take into account the compulsions of alliances but that they won't allow them to derail the reforms process. Singh said, "Reforms have to take into account the lack of Parliament majority. They are dependent on the goodwill of our allies. We cannot deny that there are uncertainties."
Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday hit back at SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for accusing it of being "cheat and clever" as it reminded him that he had shared the dais with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when the UPA's report was released in 2012. It asked Mulayam, whose party is supporting government from outside, to decide whether he was with secular or communal forces as it questioned his praise for BJP veteran LK Advani. "We do not want to comment on the remarks of Mulayam Singh Yadav. He, himself, can explain it best. But only a few months back, Yadav shared the dais with the Prime Minister when the UPA's report card on its three-year performance was released (last May).
"Now all of a sudden, he is criticising Congress and its leadership and appreciating LK Advani and the NDA, whereas the fact is Advani and other BJP leaders had a role in the demolition of Babri Masjid and the communal riots at Ahmedabad and Godhra that took place during NDA rule," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told PTI.
This is how Manmohan Singh's UPA stands currently:
Total - 539
UPA - 232
Half-way mark - 270
Congress - 202
NCP - 9
Others - 21
Outside Support - 49
TMC - 19
(With additional information from PTI)