Quota remarks: EC lets off Beni Prasad Verma
Lucknow: In a relief to Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, Election Commission (EC) on Saturday let off the Congress leader with a warning in a model code of conduct violation case for his Muslim subquota remarks.
The Election Commission on February 18 had issued notice to Beni Prasad Verma, saying it was evident that the Congress leader "deliberately and wilfully" made remarks about sub-quota for Muslims. Verma said he respected the poll panel but had not said anything wrong.
In its notice, the commission said the model code of conduct specifies that "there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes".
Verma had expressed regrets in writing to the EC which completed the hearing in his case yesterday.
While addressing a poll rally on the night of February 15 in Farukkabad in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Beni had said "reservation for Muslims will be increased and if EC wants, it can now issue a notice to me."
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