While the Congress on Thursday rapped Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and said his statement was unnecessary speculation,he was merely echoing the party leaderships stand on the possibility of Governors rule in Uttar Pradesh.
We are in the running to form the government. All Congressmen should desist from unnecessary speculation, said Congress spokesman Manish Tewari.
But top party leaders were reported to be quite categorical in their view that if the Congress-RLD combine does not get the required numbers to form the government in UP,there would be Presidents rule in the state. This had been stated first by AICC general secretary in charge of UP Digvijaya Singh,who was learnt to have the backing of Rahul Gandhi on this issue.
A section of the party has,however,sought to play down these remarks,saying the common refrain about Presidents rule was a result of the partys assessment that the public perception about a post-poll tie-up between the SP and Congress was working against the latter. Party strategists were of the view that the perception of such a tie-up could drive away the middle class,who have not yet forgotten the goonda raj during the previous SP regime. Besides,sure of the post-poll alliance,Muslims were shifting towards the SP,as per the partys assessment.
While party sources maintained that talk about Governors rule was only tactical and not final,there are no indications to this effect from the top leadership of the party. For Rahulji,the Assembly election is only the semi-final and the final will be in 2014. That explains these talks about Presidents rule, said a Congress leader.
Some leaders were,however,of the view that post-polls,the Congress will have to take a practical approach. With Mamata Banerjee showing little promise of keeping the UPA intact and other partners like the DMK being ideologically opposed to the idea of Presidents rule,it would be suicidal for the government to take any such step in UP, said a leader,adding,unless,of course,you want mid-term parliamentary polls after a good show in UP to carry forward the momentum.
BJP goes to EC
New Delhi,Lucknow: The BJP on Thursday moved the EC over Sriprakash Jaiswals comments. The poll panel has sought a video of his remarks.
BJP accused the Congress of treating the state like its fiefdom and dubbed Jaiswals comments as undemocratic and a threat to the voters
He is issuing a threat to the voters that if you do not vote for the Congress we will bring Presidents rule. This (UP) is not Jaiswals fiefdom. This is a democratic country. By issuing such a threat,in a way Jaiswal has violated the model code and threatened people, said BJP chief Nitin Gadkari. PTI< /i>