New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would complete its full term, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that early polls are inevitable.

"The government will not last its full term and mid-term elections seem to be inevitable. Irrespective of what Manmohan Singh says, there is an atmosphere of instability around the government. That is why you have this speculation about mid-term elections," BJP leader Balbir Punj told reporters.

"This government has lost its mandate to rule the people long back and now its numbers in Lok Sabha are also low. The country is passing through a phase of social and political instability," he said.

The BJP's comment comes a day after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said at a party meeting that the Lok Sabha polls were likely around November. However, the PM on Thursday night said he was confident that the government would complete its term, which comes to an end next year around May.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi reiterated Prime Minister's statement to reporters on his way back from Durban."Our government is very stable," Alvi said , adding that elections would be held on time in 2014. Asked about Mulayam Singh's comments, he said: "It may be his own opinion but it is our considered opinion that elections will be held at the right time."

The government has been in a tight spot after Trinamool Congress pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance and withdrew support to government last year. The trouble only increased when the DMK announced it withdrawal from the UPA over the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils.

The government is at present dependent on outside support of the Samajwadi party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for its survival. The government has also dismissed the idea of formation of a Third Front. Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday called the idea of Third Front an "enduring mirage" of Indian politics.


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