New Delhi/May 19
After facing flak from opposition parties and civil society over scams and misuse of CBI, Congress party is reportedly mulling to hold general elections in November, six months before the scheduled elections in May 2014, party sources said.
As per reports, senior Congress party leaders are suggesting the high command to hold elections in November as waiting till May 2014 could prove tactical mistake. However, sources say that there is no consensus in party and its leaders for holding elections early before the scheduled time.
Though many party leaders are of the view that party should wait till 2014 to give time to Indian economy to recover, other suggests that situation could dampen the chances for Congress party for a straight third term and it should capitalize on the morale boosting win in Karnataka and conduct elections before schedule.
Meanwhile, political pandits say that the party can go for elections with Indian government launching an ad campaign earlier this week showcase its achievements and development policies during its nine years rule.
It seems unlikely that Congress will go for elections before making efforts to pass its ambitious food security bill, however, passing the bill could prove an uphill task for the party as BJP has announced that they will not allow the Parliament till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns.
Though many leaders and party cadres are favouring the suggestions for early election, sources say that final decision on the matter will be taken by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The demand for early elections have also found favours from former election commission official who say that Indian government should go for general elections along with assembly election scheduled to be held in November-December this year to avoid duplication of efforts and save tax payers’ money.
New Delhi/May 19