New Delhi: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Friday that India’s national elections may be held this year itself—they are currently scheduled for 2014—and the party will seek to prepare itself for such an eventuality.
“The allies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are running away from the coalition,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters on Friday.
Party president Rajnath Singh will tell BJP members to prepare for early elections during the national executive and council meeting on 1-3 March in the national capital, Naqvi said.
Both the leading national parties, the Congress and the BJP, have already started preparing themselves for elections, with Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being seen as the respective, likely, prime ministerial candidates.
The BJP said the upcoming budget session on 21 February “will most likely” be the last parliament session under this government.
“The Congress will rule for the next three-four months after the budget session and after that will go for polls to avoid further embarrassment from its allies,” said a BJP leader, who declined to be named.
Meanwhile, the BJP is also planning to launch a fresh attack against home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for his remarks on saffron terror.