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No President's rule in UP in near future: Jaiswal

Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal ruled out imposition of President's rule in UP.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 21:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Though the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh was at its lowest ebb, President's rule would not be imposed in the state in the immediate future, Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said on Friday.

Invoking Article 356 was not always the alternative, Jaiswal told reporters in Lucknow adding that the state had an elected government and it would be better if people themselves decided its fate.

Organised crime in the state had gone up and the state Government should deal with it sternly, he said adding crime in UP was not an outcome of poverty and unemployment but a means to earn quick money and it was the duty of the state Government to deal with such a situation with an iron hand.

On the pace of investigations being conducted in the twin blasts in Varanasi, Jaiswal said that the probe was presently being conducted by the Special Task Force of the state police and if the state Government sought any Central assistance it would immediately be provided.

He assured that Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi was taking special care to ameliorate the lot of the backward and downtrodden people though they had somewhat been neglected in the party organisation earlier.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 21:23 IST