of Ministers, he said elections were likely to be held at the end of February or early March. "The Indian cabinet decided unanimously to recommend dissolution of the Lok Sabha (lower house). We are recommending holding elections at the end of February or early March." He said the decision would be conveyed on Wednesday evening to Narayanan, who has been waiting to see if the country's feuding parties could form a new government from the fragmented parliament to avert a mid-term poll. The crisis was triggered last week after the Congress party withdrew its support for the minority coalition government, the United Front. That left both Congress and the Hindu nationalist Nharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scrambling for allies to cobble together a government. However, efforts by Congress to poach parties from the United Front and by the BJP to woo disenchanted lawmakers from Congress failed.