Cong disapproves of Verma`s remarks daring EC

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 17:45

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday disapproved of
Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma`s controversial remarks
daring the Election Commission to issue a notice to him over
his statement on sub-quota for minorities.

"Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had said
very clearly three-four days back that we function under
democracy and the language of our political discourse should
be restrained and we should definitely respect Constitutional

"This statement given by our party general secretary is
applicable to me, to Beni Prasad Verma, Salman Khurshid and
all of us," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni
told reporters.

However, at the same time, she said she had not heard
"what Prasad said, what was the atmosphere or whom he

The poll panel has already begun examining Verma`s
remarks made at a poll rally in the presence of Congress
general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman
Khurshid in Farrukhabad in which, he had said, "Reservation
for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can now
issue notice to me."

Verma in his speech had also supported Khurshid, saying
he was "honestly fighting for the Muslims". He said that if
Congress comes to power, then they would work for more

Khurshid had triggered a controversy last week by stating
that he would continue to speak on nine per cent sub-quota for
minorities even if the Election Commission "hanged" him.

The EC had yesterday put a lid on the standoff with
Khurshid after he expressed regrets over his "defiance" of the
poll body over his remarks on subquota for minorities.

In the middle of the controversy, Dwivedi had said, "The
Election Commission is a constitutional body. Congress always
wants that all Congressmen should speak as per the norms of
public life and the law of the land".


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First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 17:45

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