Having lost the support of two big allies, the Trinamool Congress last year and the DMK recently, the UPA government is on shaky ground as the Samajwadi Party, which provides outside support, too has hinted at pulling out.
The politically charged atmosphere has led to talks of an early election. Here's what different political leaders and parties think about it:Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP)
Elections can happen as early as November. I ask all the Samajwadi Party leaders contestants to start the work and party workers too should work towards ensuring their win.Rajeev Shukla, Congress
Election will take place on the day desired, next year. We will hope that election happen next year, and we will try to sort out the grievances with the other parties. We will try to resolve all issues.Balbir Punj, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Irrespective of what the Prime Minister says, there is a political instability in the country and as a result, various political players are assessing the situation... the government will not last it's full term and mid-term elections seem to be inevitable.Sandeep Dikshit, Congress
PM has told that the election will take place in its own time. Mr Mulayam Singh can have its own point of view.Sriprakash Jaiswal, Congress
According to me, elections will take place on the right time. Everyone can speak what they want too. But anything can happen in politics and Congress is always ready for elections.AB Bardhan, Communist Party of India (CPI)
There is no time left for elections. So it won't matter even if they start early. People have lots of questions in their mind and that's why they are angry.Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (United) (JD-U)
I don't think there is any threat to the government... I don't think UPA faces any numbers issue. The government always manages its numbers from here and there.Naresh Gujral, Shiromani Akaldi Dal (SAD)
One thing I am sure of is: the elections will take place this year for sure. The PM is in good health and I must confess that I admire the PM for his honesty and the way he led the government for so many years. And even a seasoned politician, Mr. Digvijaya Singh, said that it was wrong. I am convinced that the elections will take place this year.