The outcry for imposing President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh may have grown with the BJP and some Congress leaders making this demand. But the AICC has not taken any view on it so far. In fact, there are many in the party who believe that the dismissal of the SP-led government would make a martyr of Mulayam Singh Yadav, which he would try to exploit in the assembly elections in the state.
Besides, the political cost of such a step, even the UPA’s political chemistry would not allow the Congress-led government to go for such an option. The Left parties are likely to oppose any step in this direction. Like other regional parties, including the DMK, the Communists are against the invocation of Article 356. And with Parliament’s winter session starting from November 22, the Congress-led regime is unlikely to take any chances. On his part, the SP has ensured that the Assembly is in session, making it difficult for the Centre.
On Monday, AICC spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi quoted Union Minister of State for Home S P Jaiswal as denying that he had said that the Centre was considering the option of President’s Rule. Jaiswal told Chaturvedi that when he was quizzed on how the Centre would ensure free and fair assembly polls in UP following reports of rigging in the local body elections, he had responded by saying that the Centre would fulfil its constitutional responsibility and cooperate with the Election Commission(EC).
In fact, Congress leaders are pegging their hopes on the EC for a free and fair assembly election in UP for which the Centre, they say, was prepared to deploy enough paramilitary forces.