LK Advani flays Jaiswal`s statement

Advani criticized Shri Prakash Jaiswal`s remark that Prez`s rule could be imposed in UP in the event of Cong not getting majority in Assembly polls.

Allahabad: BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday
criticized Union Minister Shri Prakash Jaiswal`s remark that
President`s rule could be imposed in Uttar Pradesh in the
event of Congress not getting majority in assembly poll and
said such a move would be "misuse" of a constitutional

"What the Union Minister seems to be advocating is a
misuse of a constitutional provision. President`s rule is
supposed to be imposed only when there is a constitutional
crisis and the government of the state concerned has become
dysfunctional", Advani told reporters here.

Without naming any particular party, he said "governments
at the Centre prior to 1998, when the BJP came to power, have
often been guilty of misuse of Article 356 of the
Constitution, which is invoked for clamping President`s rule
in a state".

"Concerns about possible misuse of Article 356 were
raised while the Constitution was being drafted. Bhim Rao
Ambedkar had then allayed such fears as he foresaw no such
danger. Unfortunately, he was proven wrong by successive
regimes in the country and the provision was misused many
times to settle scores with political opponents", he said.

Meanwhile, Jaiswal said his statement was "distorted"
barely a few hours after having reportedly stated in Kanpur
that "in case we don`t get majority, we sit in the opposition
and I see no alternative to Governor`s rule".