Hyderabad: Amid talks that general elections may take place this year, union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said on Sunday that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would complete its full term.
“In 2004, the UPA was elected for five years. We fulfilled our mandate and our commitment to the people. We have great respect for our allies. We always walked the extra mile to take them on board. “But our commitment to the people of India is paramount. The people of India have given the UPA a mandate for five years and we would complete our term,” Tewari told reporters.
He was replying to a query on the buzz over general elections taking place this year and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s reported directive to his partymen to be prepared for early polls. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu also said on Saturday that the Congress may go for early elections this year. In reply to a query on the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Tewari said the opposition parties have taken a negative approach. “The kind of statements that came from BJP and other opposition parties since yesterday are very unfortunate and condemnable,” he said.