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Central rule in UP unlikely
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
The UPA government is unlikely to impose President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh despite the strong demand for the dismissal of the Mulayum Singh Yadav government from the BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party and a section of the Congress.

This was indicated here today by senior UPA ministers as speculation about possibility of Central rule gained ground after Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeshwar met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday to apprise him about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

UPA sources said that any move to dismiss the UP government would only generate sympathy for the Samajwadi Party which, according to the Centre’s assessment, had already lost credibility with the electorate getting disenchanted with Mr Mulayum Singh Yadav.

There is, however, a section in the Congress which wants President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh since it fears large-scale violence and “misuse of administrative machinery” during next year’s Assembly poll as witnessed during the recent local body elections.

UPA sources explained that even if the Centre was to go ahead with this move, it would be resisted by the Left parties making it difficult to obtain parliamentary approval.

In any case, the UPA government is also wary of taking such a step after its experience in Bihar when the Centre was pulled up by the Supreme Court for the manner in which it imposed President’s rule in that state.

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