Shillong, Sept. 20: Union minister of state for rural development Agatha K. Sangma today said the country’s political situation is currently in a “very tricky” state, foreseeing the possibility of a mid-term election.
“I would say that there is a possibility of a mid-term poll. But right now it is not certain. Let us see what happens. So far, the other coalition partners have not given any opinion,” she said.
Agatha also said the remarks were her own and not as a member of the UPA government or the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
At the same time, she said a mid-term poll was not healthy for the country considering the resources that are spent during elections. “I think that we should not have mid-term polls. I am not talking about how prepared I am, but I think the country should not go for a mid-term election every now and then,” she said.
Drawing attention to the fluid political situation at the Centre, she said, “We have a coalition government. There are various factors, which have brought about this issue. I suppose the deliberations were not good between the Congress and the other coalition partners. That is what (West Bengal chief minister) Mamata Banerjee has been complaining about. We have to wait till tomorrow to see how the situation turns out to be (whether Trinamul ministers will resign). It is a very tricky situation right now.”
On the reports that NCP president Sharad Pawar would recommend to drop her from the UPA ministry, Agatha said, “I don’t know about any such thing. I can’t really say anything until I get an official intimation from the party. So far no official communication has been made.”
There have been reports suggesting that the young minister would be dropped from the Manmohan Singh cabinet after her father, Purno Agitok Sangma invited the UPA leadership’s wrath by making uncharitable remarks after his defeat in the July Presidential election.
Senior NCP leader from Bihar Tariq Anwar is likely to be Agatha’s replacement in the cabinet.