Coimbatore: There is all possibility of mid-term elections to the Lok Sabha by 2012 February-March and the ruling Congress dispensation would lose badly, Janata Party national president Subramanian Swamy claimed on Tuesday.     

Considering the present situation, there would be mid-term polls to the Lok Sabha in February or March next, he said while briefing reporters on the deliberations of the party's Tamil Nadu State General Council meeting.

Dealing with rampant corruption and tackling internal and external terrorism would be the major planks during the election campaign of the party, which has recently joined
BJP-led NDA, he said.

Asked about the possibility of emergence of a Third front, particularly by allies from UPA, Swamy said, it was not practical at this juncture.

To a question on the remarks of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to bring a no-trust motion against UPA government and UPA ally DMK saying it would back any opposition-sponsored resolution in Parliament against allowing FDI in multi-brand retail, Swamy said, "This is the most hopeless Government. It must go as early as possible."

FDI in retail would seriously affect the livelihood of crores of small traders as they would not be able to compete with Foreigners, he said.

However, Swamy said, he was not aware about the note prepared by NDA on FDI, as claimed by Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, since he was not part of the alliance at that time.

Swamy also said Government owed an explanation on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's allegation about details of expenditure incurred for Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign travels.

Modi had yesterday alleged that according to a media report, Rs 1,880 crore were spent on travel and treatment of Gandhi. However, the Gujarat Chief Minister had offered to tender a public apology hours after making the allegation if his charge was found to be false. To another question on DMK president, Karunanidhi seeking CBI probe into the granite issue, Swamy asked why Karunanidhi "suddenly woke up" and remembered CBI.

Swamy said the council in a resolution demanded that immediate steps be taken to commence power production Koodankulam.

On Sri Lankan Tamils issue, he said it was imperative that instead of being blindly opposing the Sri Lankan government, political parties in Tamil Nadu should work for establishment of a federal state in the Island, on the model of the Indian Constitution, as countries like China, US and Paksitan were forging strong friendly relationship with it.

The council condemned the role of certain political parties in the attacks last month on visiting Lankan pilgrims for the Velankani Festival.

On river water issue in Tamil Nadu, the council noted that neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu were bent on blocking water for irrigation needs by constructing dams in their territories--across Cauvery and Thenpennai by Karnataka, Siruvani, Amaravathy and Bhavani by Kerala and Palar by Andhra Pradesh, he said.

The party wanted the Centre to formulate a clear and firm National river water sharing scheme and also ensure that water sources and water bodies in Tamil Nadu were not allowed to become dry, he said.

The party also wanted the Government to declare the Delta area as drought hit, he said.

(Agencies)


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