Congress pulls up Jaiswal for President rule comment

Sriprakash Jaiswal today said if his party fails to get a majority in the UP Assembly polls, it will seek imposition of President's rule in the state.

hidden February 23, 2012 11:49:09 IST
Congress pulls up Jaiswal for President rule comment

Kanpur: Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal today said if his party fails to get a majority in the UP Assembly polls, it will seek imposition of President's rule in the state, a remark that drew a sharp response from the BJP.

"Those who lack confidence are looking for alliance ....Congress will not forge any alliance," the Union Coal Minister told reporters after exercise his franchise here.

Congress pulls up Jaiswal for President rule comment

"Congress will not forge any alliance," the Union Coal Minister told reporters. Screengrab/ibnlive

"If Congress gets majority then it will form the government...if some seats are short then there is no option other than President's rule," he said.

Jaiswal said that results of UP polls would be "shocking" and Congress would get majority.

His statement evoked sharp response from the BJP which termed it as an indicator of the "feudal mindset" of the Congress. Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party also took offence to the statement and said it will approach the Election Commission on the issue.

Even Congress appeared to disapprove of Jaiswal's statement.

"We are in the running to form the government.  All Congressmen should desist from speculation," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Tewari said Jaiswal has clarified his position and the matter should be allowed to rest there.

With his remarks causing a furore, Jaiswal retracted later saying he had only talked of the Constitutional possibilities when reporters asked him questions in a situation when no one gets a clear majority.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Uma Bharati said in Charkhari, from where she is contesting,  "On the threat that they would impose President's rule, I appeal to the electorate not to poll in favour of Congress as the party is not understanding the importance of their votes."

She said such a statement was "undemocratic and was not an announcement, but a threat.

"It is indicative of feudal mindset. Congress does not believe in democracy that is why they are saying this," she alleged.

PTI

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