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SP ready for mid-term poll, but won’t push it

The Samajwadi Party added to the speculations about mid-term poll on Wednesday. Its general secretary Naresh Agrawal said that the party is prepared if election in the country happen any time soon. 'We are ready for the General Election. The Samajwadi Party will benefit the most if there is mid-term election in the country,' said Agrawal. He, however, added that the party does not see a possibility of mid-term election any time soon.

The Samajwadi Party has, in fact, started the process for the early Lok Sabha election. It has started accepting applications from party members who wish to contest for the Lok Sabha. It has set 31 May as the deadline for it. However, party insiders say that they would not withdraw support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, as it can portray the Samajwadi Party in a bad light. 'We do not want people to say that because of the Samajwadi Party, the country is heading for the mid-term election,' said a party source.

Millennium Post had earlier reported that the Congress believes that Mulayam Singh Yadav and the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had met in Delhi earlier this month to discuss the prospects of a mid-term poll. However, the Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi, said, 'We do not want to comment on any such statement given by the Samajwadi Party. If it has said so, then it may be their own view. Even if it has said so, then we have not gone through their statement. But, the UPA II will complete its term, and the election will be held at the scheduled time.'

This move by the Samajwadi party is being seen as an attempt to keep its cadre on the toes and not let the party members slack after the victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election.

The prime focus of the party is on the implementation of its manifesto. It is believed that the budget that is expected later in the month will focus on the manifesto. It has already taken some steps to keep its core vote bank happy. The Uttar Pradesh urban development minister had said a few days back that the state government was contemplating bringing a legislation to convert denotified Wakf properties into Wakf land.
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