Jayalalithaa thumbs down to UPA-II
"The average citizen feels that there is no government at the Centre. The country is in a state of drift. It is almost as if there is no government at the Centre," the AIADMK chief told reporters when asked to rate the UPA`s performance.
Jayalalithaa`s remarks come a day after the Congress-led UPA coalition celebrated three years in office.
Asked if Lok Sabha polls would be held ahead of the 2014 schedule, Jayalalithaa said she did not want to speculate.
To a question if she would take up with the BJP the candidature of P A Sangma for Presidentship, she said she had spoken to political parties "whom I know," apparently referring to the telephonic conversation she had on Sunday with different leaders, including BJP`s L K Advani, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and TDP chief M Chandrababu Naidu.
Asked whether she got any assurance from them, she said "I have made a request to certain political parties and leaders whom I know well to give their support to Sangma in the Presidential election. I prefer to wait and watch. I have no further comments to make on the matter."
Jayalalithaa and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik have strongly pitched for Sangma`s candidature. But Sangma`s own party NCP has rebuffed his moves, while major political parties have shown no enthusiasm over his bid.