Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sonia rules out early Lok Sabha elections

Sonia rules out early Lok Sabha elections

By(7STAR NEWS)e - NEW DELHI Published: 25th August 2013 09:25 AM

The countdown for 2014 Lok Sabha elections may have begun, but UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said there would not be any early polls, and would certainly form next government.

Sonia's claim did not go unchallenged as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the NDA would form the next government. The UPA chief had remarked during her interaction with journalists after the inauguration of world-class media centre in Delhi.

"Certainly, 100 per cent... obviously, so many rights we have given. It is our Right to Information, Right to Education and now Right to Food is our Unique Selling Proposition (USP)," she said when asked about the possibility of UPA coming back to power.

Sushma countered her saying that the NDA would 100 per cent come to power. These assertions come in backdrop of Food Security Bill been taken for discussion and passing on Monday.

Earlier, during her inaugural speech attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, Sonia said her government did not believe in 'propaganda' but important schemes need to be relayed to the people.

This was in obvious reference to Bharat Nirman advertisement campaign that had come under criticism by the Opposition for splurging the government money.

She confessed, "at times the language and dignity of media discussion can be found wanting. Sometimes I, too, have to confess that the media makes the political establishment uncomfortable...Perhaps this is because we are not always able to put forth our point of view more effectively. Today, we should remember that the need to communicate and inform is as much the responsibility of the government."

As the UPA Government had come under intense criticism from various quarters, including the media, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh advised caution. "A spirit of inquiry must not morph into a campaign of calumny. A witch-hunt is no substitute for investigative journalism. And personal prejudices must not replace the public good."

After inaugurating the `60-crore swanky media centre that would serve as a communication hub with all the latest facilities, Singh reminded the gathered journalists that 'credibility is the media's currency' and is integral to its contract with the reader or viewer.

The PM said media industry reaped the benefits of the economic liberalisation, but reminded that business interests should not overweigh the prime objective.
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