New Delhi: Action against Union Minister
Salman Khurshid as demanded by the Election Commission for his
defiance on the sub-quota issue appears unlikely.
The talk in Congress circles is that Khurshid could issue
a statement signaling that he had no intention to hurt the
Election Commission, which the party hopes can lead to a
closure of the issue.
Indications to this effect were available at the AICC
briefing when party spokesperson Manish Tewari sought to
downplay the controversy insisting that the model code of
conduct was an issue between political parties and the
"The model code of conduct is a voluntary compact arrived
between political parties and the Election Commission and it
has no statutory binding...," party spokesperson Manish Tewari
told reporters here.
"Don`t try and stretch it too far," he said when
suggested whether the censure of Khurshid by the Election
Commission should lead to the resignation by the Union
Asked whether someone will have to go home after this
controversy, Tewari said that in a jest "all of us have to go
home at night."
Tewari dismissed the contention that the party was
speaking in different voices on the matter as a number of
leaders and ministers said Khurshid did no wrong.
"Nobody is double-speaking or triplespeaking unless you
go on hairsplitting," Tewari said.