New Delhi: With only few days left for the declaration of poll results, the Election Commission of India on Thursday gave clean cheat to Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal for his remark on President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh. Rejecting the complaint filed against the minister, the EC said Jaiswal’s tone and tenor did not suggest any threat or intimidation to voters.

The Commission had slapped a notice on Jaiswal for violation of model code of conduct. On February 23 after casting vote, Jaiswal had said, "if Congress gets majority, then it will form the government. In case we don't get clear majority, we will sit in the opposition and I see no alternative but Governor's rule."

In his reply given to the Commission on Wednesday Jaiswal submitted the CD and newspaper clippings. He denied the charges and stated that his President's Rule statement was distorted and claimed that he never threatened the voters.

On the other hand, hearing in Beni Prasasd Verma’s case is scheduled for March 2. It needs to be mentioned that the hearing was postponed twice.

JPN/Bureau