Friday night saw a report from the Uttar Pradesh Governor to the Centre, and Saturday saw hectic consultations in the Congress party and UPA government. Yet the question of imposing President’s Rule on UP remained fluid, due to an absence of consensus among the UPA’s allies.
UP Governor T.N. Rajeswar warned, in a report to the home ministry, that chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to prove his majority on the floor of the state assembly on February 26 could lead to “horse trading”. This did not convince the Left parties, which continued to oppose President’s Rule.
Home minister Shivraj Patil met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the matter. Then Patil, accompanied by finance minister P. Chidambaram and science minister Kapil Sibal, briefed party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Sources said if it happens, UP would be placed under central rule around Wednesday, when Uttrakhand elections take place, and before Parliament meets on Friday.
“The next 48 hours are going to be crucial,” said a Congress leader.
Mulayam has already said he will not resign. His party has an emergency meeting on Wednesday.