After his controversial comments about imposition of President's rule in
Uttar Pradesh, Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Saturday created a
flutter again when he said Rahul Gandhi could become prime minister "even
at midnight if he so desires".
"Rahul Gandhi can become prime minister at 12 tonight, he can administer
the oath of office and no one can stop that. But neither does he want to
become the prime minister nor the chief minister," he said, addressing a
public rally at Mathura.
Jaiswal, who has expressed readiness to become the chief minister if the
high command so wanted, also assured people of the area that he would give
them the "the best ministry Mathura ever had" if they ensured the win of
the party candidate.
Jaiswal had triggered a controversy a couple of days ago with his remark
that whoever becomes the Congress chief minister in UP, Rahul would be the
Only on Friday, the Election Commission had held prima facie that his
comment on imposition of President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh was a threat to
voters and violated the model code of conduct. The poll panel had slapped
a showcause notice on Jaiswal.
Meanwhile in Agra, Jaiswal said he would abide and duly respond to the
Election Commission's directive issued to him over his President's rule
remark. "I have great respect for the Election Commission and would abide
by its decision," he told reporters.
In reply to a question, he claimed Congress would emerge as the single
largest party and would form the government on its own in the state. The
party would neither seek the support of nor support any party to form the
government, he said.
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