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Central rule if Cong does not win: Jaiswal

Draws fire from parties,clarifies

Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said if Congress fails to get a majority in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls,it sees a possibility of President’s rule,a statement that came under attack from rivals,forcing him to go in for damage control.

“If Congress gets majority then it will form the government… In case we don’t get clear majority,we sit in the Opposition,and I see no alternative but Governor’s rule,” the Union Coal Minister told reporters here after casting his vote.

Jaiswal said “those who lack confidence are looking for alliance….Congress will not forge any alliance.”

But shortly after reaching New Delhi,he appeared to retract,saying his statement was “twisted” by reporters. “…the reality is that we will form a government with clear majority in UP and nobody can stop it from happening,” Jaiswal said.


He claimed that some reporters had asked him about constitutional provisions in case no party is able to form government. “I told them what is mentioned in the Constitution. That is,in such a case President’s rule is imposed,” he said.

He claimed that even if Congress fails to get complete majority,it will be invited to form the government by the Governor as being the single largest party. “Independents and smaller parties will themselves extend support if we fall short of five or 10 seats,” the minister said.