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Law and order worsening in UP: Cong

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Congress today claimed that Uttar Pradesh government was in a ''state of chaos'' and the law and order in the state was at its ''lowest ebb.'' ''This is what has been prompting various political parties to demand imposition of President's Rule in the state, Congress spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi said.

Asked about the Congress' stand on the demand for President's Rule, he said the Centre was studying all aspects of the issue. ''However,there was a set procedure to be followed for imposition of President's Rule,'' he added.

About the Supreme Court verdict on IMDT, Mr Chaturvedi said the party was still studying the verdict.

Replying to a question, the Congress spokesman clarified the party's stand on reservation, asserting that its stand was ''unambiguous''.

''The Congress is in favour reservation or special provisions for development of backward classes, backward educationally and socially, irrespective of which religion they belong to. The party is against depriving any section of backward people from beneifts on grounds of religion,'' he said, adding that the Congress was for making efforts for educational, social and economic development of the backward classes whichever communities they belonged to.

Asked about Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's latest sugestions on Kashmir, Mr Chaturvedi said that if Islamabad comes out with a formal suggestions, then India would consider them.

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