'Always ready for polls but see no possibility of early general elections,' says Jaitley

'Always ready for polls but see no possibility of early general elections,' says Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday rejected speculations that the government could advance the general elections, due in May 2019, to later this year. In an interaction with ABP News, Jaitley said he sees no possibility of early Lok Sabha elections.

By: || Updated: 11 Feb 2018 09:02 PM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday rejected speculations that the government could advance the general elections, due in May 2019, to later this year.

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday rejected speculations that the government could advance the general elections, due in May 2019, to later this year. In an interaction with ABP News, Jaitley said he sees no possibility of early Lok Sabha elections.

"We are always ready for elections but I see no possibility of that (early Lok Sabha elections)," Jaitley said.

Speculations were rife that the government may call for early Lok Sabha election. Even the Opposition had said that they were battle ready.

Jaitley was in Tripura to release BJP's manifesto for Assembly elections.



Election to the 60-member Tripura Assembly would be held on February 18. The BJP is contesting in 51 seats while its alliance partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has fielded candidates in nine seats.

BJP's manifesto -- 'Vision Document Tripura 2018' -- said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be set up in the state for sectors like food processing, bamboo, IT and textiles.

It promised employment to every household, free education for women till graduation, 7th pay commission salary to state government employees and free smartphones to youth.

Jaitley said: "In the last assembly elections in 2013, the BJP got very small percentage of votes (1.54 per cent) in Tripura. Now this time it is a big political force... every day, every minute, the BJP continues to expand its base."

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