Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday has slapped a notice on coal
minister Sriprakash Jaiswal for alleged poll code violation for his
comments on imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh.
The Commission in its meeting decided to issue the notice to Jaiswal
asking why action should not be initiated against him for his
controversial comments, a senior Commission official said.
Jaiswal had after casting his vote in Kanpur in the fifth phase of polling
on Thursday said, "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 matter was discussed at
the meeting of the Commission attended by Chief Election Commissioner SY
Quraishi and the two Election Commissioners VS Sampath and HS Brahma.
The EC acted on the BJP complaint made against Jaiswal on Thursday on his
President's rule comments, which it termed as a violation of the Model
Code of Conduct and had asked the Uttar Pradesh chief electoral officer to
send the same to Delhi and procure the video of Jaiswal's speech made in
UP CEO Umesh Sinha had said, "A complaint from the BJP had been received
here and the same has been forwarded to Election Commission in Delhi for
further necessary action."
Sources said the EC had also sought a report on the matter from the
district magistrate of Kanpur, which has since been given.
Reacting sharply to Jaiswal's remarks, BJP accused the Congress of
treating the state like its fiefdom and dubbed the minister's comments as
"undemocratic and a threat to the voters".
BJP president Nitin Gadkari had also hit out at Jaiswal, saying, "He is
issuing a threat to the voters that if you do not vote for the Congress we
will bring President's Rule. This (UP) is not Jaiswal's fiefdom. This is a
The BJP chief said the disrespect shown by ministers like Salman Khurshid,
Beni Prasad Verma and now Jaiswal to the Election Commission is such that
if the poll panel does not take strong and effective action, nobody will
listen to it in future.