New Delhi: Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal will on Monday explain his stand to the Election Commission over his alleged violation of poll code by suggesting the imposition of President Rule in Uttar Pradesh if Congress fails to win absolute majority after elections.
The Congress leader landed in troubled waters when he said in Kanpur that if Congress gets majority, then it will form the government... In case it fails to get clear majority, it will sit in the Opposition and may press for President`s rule."
Taking serious note of his remarks, the EC had asked why action should not be initiated against him.
The Commission yesterday discussed the matter at its meeting attended by Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and Election Commissioners VS Sampath and HS Brahma and decided to issue a show cause notice to Jaiswal on his comments.
The EC action came in the wake of complaints received by it from BJP and Samajwadi Party, charging Jaiswal with violating the Model Code and for threatening the voters of Uttar Pradesh.
The EC acted on the BJP complaint made against Jaiswal yesterday and the SP complaint received by it today.
The EC had earlier sought the video of Jaiswal`s speech besides also a report on the matter from the district magistrate of Kanpur, which has since been given.