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All parties ready for early polls: Akhilesh

Navi Mumbai: Not ruling out chances of early elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said all parties, including Congress, are ready for the Lok Sabha polls.
    
"Look, all parties are ready. And when I look at the ads in newspapers, I feel even Congress is also ready (for early polls)," he said, when asked if he saw possibility of early general elections.
    
On Samajwadi party skipping last night's dinner on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the UPA-II government, he said, "We once attended the dinner while at another time it was cancelled. Regarding last night's dinner you better ask Netaji (SP supremo Mulayam)," he said.
    
The CM was addressing a press conference after inaugurating the UP Bhawan building in Navi Mumbai. Asked if relations between Congress and SP at present were not like what used to be earlier, he said, "Our support (to UPA) is only to keep communal forces at bay."
    
"But we have put forth our views on issues like corruption and inflation. We Samajwadi people are never in agreement with Congress policies. But when it is a question of tackling communal forces, we support Congress," he said.
    
Akhilesh said his priority would be to expand and strengthen SP in other regions, especially in Mumbai and Maharashtra and lauded the contribution of people of UP origin living in Mumbai in ensuring Samajwadi Party's victory in elections.

(Agencies)

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