Venkaiah predicts mid-term general elections

Tezpur/Mariani (Assam): Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu onWednesday claimed that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre would "have to go within six months and a mid-term Lok Sabha polls was imminent".

"The Congress government has to go on the issue of corruption and the people will have to face election as they are fed up with the number of scams during the rule of the present UPA government," Naidu said, while addressing two rallies at Assam`s Tezpur and Mariani assembly constituencies.

The Congress government has brought in no development and cheated the poor both in urban and rural areas leading to great suffering among the masses, he said.

Naidu attacked both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for doing nothing to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

"The people of India are weeping but Manmohanji and Soniaji are sleeping," he said.

Claiming that the country had witnessed all round development during Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s tenure as prime minister, he said "It was the NDA government that had taken up schemes for the development of Assam`s road communication with national highways being converted to four-lanes."

Naidu appealed to the people of Assam to vote for the BJP saying they would be benefited on all fronts.

"We believe that there is no alternative but to replace the current state government like it was done in Bihar and several other states," he said.