New Delhi:  Dismissing the claims made my its major ally TMC and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of early Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Saturday made it clear that the General elections will be held as per the schedule in 2014.

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“The Lok Sabha elections will happen in 2014 only and UPA-II government will complete its full term,” said Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi.

When asked about Mamata Banerjee’s statement on Lok Sabha elections in 2013, he said, “We are living in a democratic set up where every party has the right to make its stand and get their party men ready for such a big event. But we will definitely complete our tenure at the Centre.”

Commenting on the BJP’s remark over the reports, Alvi said, “It’s a very obvious remark we can expect from any Opposition party. Moreover, they have on several stances talked about mid-term polls.”

On Friday, Banerjee had created a storm by claiming that she has information that a political party in Delhi had held a meeting to advance the Lok Sabha poll to 2013 and asked her partymen to be ready for it.

BJP TAKES DIG

Taking a dig at the Congress, the BJP said if "Mamata Banerjee can get this country free of this Government early, it is even better".

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "She has hinted at 2013...we would want this Government to go in 2012 only because it is not in favour of this country for this government to stay even for a minute longer."

JPN/Agencies