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Updated: February 24, 2012 20:11 IST

EC to issue notice to Jaiswal

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Union Minister and Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the fifth of phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Kanpur on Thursday.
Union Minister and Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the fifth of phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in Kanpur on Thursday.

The Election Commission on Friday decided to issue show cause notice to 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 Mr. Jaiswal asking why action should not be initiated against him for his controversial comments, a senior Commission official told PTI.

Mr. 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 S.Y. Quraishi and the two Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma.

The EC acted on the BJP complaint made against Mr. 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 Mr. Jaiswal’s speech made in Kanpur.

UP CEO Umesh Sinha had told PTI, “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 Mr. 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 democratic country.

The BJP chief said the disrespect shown by ministers like Salman Khurshid, Beni Prasad Verma and now Mr. 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.

While the first two cases of minorities reservation were blatant violation of model code of conduct and should have been dealt strongly, not sure if Mr. Jaiswal's comment can be treated as a breach. I think he meant that UP would have either a congress majority or a fractured mandate. The tone of his statement was something like a strongman delivering a punching monologue. But I think he should have refrained from making such a statement. This brings into focus the main question of the day that whether ministers can attribute their statements to have been delivered in their capacity as political leaders.

from:  biswajit
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 15:33 IST

What is the purpose of EC notices when the accused are getting reprieve
with just a 'censure'? Why not bar these repeat offenders, specially
when all of them are from same political party and there seems to be a
clear design in their approach of defying EC model code of conduct in
Uttar Pradesh. Hopefully, EC takes a stern view this time.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Feb 25, 2012 at 10:54 IST

No wonder they were pitching for the trimming of ECs power, afterall it
is a free country and the congress party wants its deserved share of the
right to free speech!

The demands of congress party are purely DEMOCRATIC(pun intended).

from:  kunal
Posted on: Feb 24, 2012 at 20:49 IST
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