EC clean chit to Jaiswal on Prez rule comments

The Election Commission on Thursday said Sriprakash Jaiswal`s tone and tenor did not suggest any threat or intimidation to voters.

New Delhi: Giving a clean chit to Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on his President`s Rule comments, the Election Commission on Thursday said his tone and tenor did not
suggest any threat or intimidation to voters.

"The Commission is of the view that the tone and tenor and
context of the impugned speech of Shri Jaiswal do not suggest
any threat or intimidation to voters," the Commission said in
its order.

"...the Commission is satisfied that Shri Sri Prakash
Jaiswal, Union Minister of Coal had no intentions of
threatening or intimidating the electors by making the
impugned statement and has decided not to pursue the matter,"
it said.

The EC gave the clean chit to Jaiswal after deliberating
on the issue at its meeting held today, and after considering
his reply and seeing the CD of the video recording of his

The Commission had slapped a notice on him for his
President`s Rule comments made in Kanpur on February 23 after
casting his vote there and had sought his reply on the prima
facie charges of model code violation against him.

Jaiswal had said, "if Congress gets majority, then it will
form the government... In case we don`t get clear majority, we
will sit in the opposition and I see no alternative but
Governor`s rule."

In his reply given to the Commission yesterday, Jaiswal
had denied the charges in the notice served on him and stated
that his President`s Rule statement was distorted and claimed
that he never threatened the voters.

The EC, in its notice served on him earlier, had held
prima facie that his comments on imposition of President`s
Rule in Uttar Pradesh was a threat to voters and violation of
Model Code of Conduct, and had asked him why action should not
be initiated against him.

Jaiswal, in his reply, said that when a media person asked
him about the situation arising out in case the Congress did
not get a majority, he had replied to him that "we will get a
clear majority, but in case our numbers fall short, then there
will be no alternative but to impose Governor`s Rule."

The Coal Minister said he has not threatened that the
President rule shall be imposed in the state.

The Minister was initially asked to submit his reply on
the Commission`s notice by February 27, but he had sought two
more days which was granted by the Commission.

Expressing happiness over the Commission`s clean chit to
Jaiswal, AICC`s legal and human rights secretary KC Mittal
said the minister never intended to threaten or intimidate any
voter. He said the Commission is also satisfied so.


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