Mallikarjun Kharge during Congress’ plenary meet. (Source: PTI)

BJP Unlikely To Go For Early Lok Sabha Election, Says Congress Leader Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge today said it is unlikely that the Bharatiya Janata Party government would go for an early Lok Sabha election because of the current political situation in the country.

“BJP may be planning to hold elections in November or December. There will be elections in some states in November. The BJP is still calculating that it would benefit it more in states like Maharashtra if the general elections take place after the completion of its full-term,” Kharge told reporters in New Delhi. “Looking at the current political situation, it is unlikely that the BJP will go for early polls.”

The Congress leader in the Lok Sabha said the BJP’s stand on holding early election will be clear once the monsoon session of Parliament begins.

The BJP is currently doing its calculations and is weighing its options of gains and losses in states and it will take a call on early polls only after it completes the exercise
Mallikarjun Kharge, Senior Leader, Congress

He alleged that the BJP has not fulfilled any of its poll promises made ahead of the 2014 general elections and it has not much to talk about its achievements. “The promises made by the BJP in last elections have not been fulfilled. It is still thinking (about elections),” he said.

Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had indicated yesterday that the BJP was planning early elections and called for the need to form a Third Front at the earliest to take on the saffron party. He had also said that the monsoon session would be the last session of this Lok Sabha, based on the signals that the BJP was giving to its cadres in states.