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BJP seeks ban on Khurshid`s campaign

Last Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 20:48

New Delhi: BJP Saturday moved the Election
Commission seeking a ban on Law Minister Salman Khurshid`s campaigning in Uttar Pradesh in view of his alleged defiance of the poll body`s censure for remarks sub-quota for
minorities` remarks.

"If left unchecked, these postures will undermine the
legitimacy of the Election Commission of India and its
constitutional obligation for providing free and fair
elections.
"Lest the model code of conduct becomes a toothless
wonder, there is dire need for the ECI to impose sanctions
more stringent than mere censure. It is now more than apparent
that the Law minister will continue undaunted to seek votes on
the basis of religion--a practice abhorred by the Commission
It is, therefore, necessary in the fitness of things to keep
him away from the scene of elections," said the BJP complaint
against Khurshid to the Election Commission.
Citing its earlier orders in banning cabinet ministers
from campaigning in Lalu Prasad Yadav`s constituency in Bihar
elections, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who sent the fresh
complaint to the EC, said "this is a fit case where the
ECI could consider imposing a ban on Shri Khurshid entering
the state of Uttar Pradesh during the poll process. District
Magistrates do pass such orders in the interest of maintenance
of law and order."

Naqvi, in his complaint, added, "ECI may also like to
report the whole matter to the Prime Minister for suitable
disciplinary action against the Law Minister for undermining
the authority of the Commission during the crucial period of a
poll process."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 20:48

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