New Delhi: The Congress` bid to woo Muslims
in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh suffered yet another setback with
the Election Commission`s state-level Media Certification and
Monitoring Committee rejecting its advertisement on sub-quota
Sources say the Congress party had sought the Election
Commission`s approval for its advertisement campaigns on
minority sub-quota and MNREGA especially designed for Uttar
Pradesh, but the same were referred to the Media Certification
and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) empowered to take a decision
on the matter.
After examining the Congress ad-campaign on sub-quota for
minorities, the Committee did not clear the same even as it
cleared the advertisement on MNREGA.
Confirming this, a top EC official in Uttar Pradesh said
the MNREGA ad campaign has been cleared by the Committee.
The Congress party in Uttar Pradesh had submitted an
audio advertisement each on MNREGA and minorities sub-quota,
together with a video advert highlighting the grant of sub-
quota to minorities.
After its disapproval from the Media Committee, the party
is now bringing changes in the sub-quota advertisement and
launch the same ahead of the seven-phase UP Assembly polls
starting on February 8.
Earlier, the EC had asked the Congress-led UPA government
to put on hold sub-quota for Muslims till the elections are
over in the five states
Law minister Salman Khurshid also got embroiled in a
controversy over the issue after he promised to double the
sub-quota for minorities while campaigning for his wife in
Farrukhabad earlier last month.
The party is, however, set to woo the Muslim community
and its star campaigners are already claiming to have
fulfilled their promise of granting a sub-quota for