New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid has
ruffled feathers in the Election Commission by stating that
his ministry had administrative control over the poll body,
prompting its chief S Y Quraishi to complain to Prime Minister
Khurshid had recently said in a TV interview that the Law
Ministry has control over the Election Commission to the
extent that it signs documents related to travel of the
He was talking in the context of Team Anna`s objection to
CBI being retained under government control under the Lokpal
Bill when he said "every institution is under some control".
Taking strong exception to these comments, Quraishi has
complained to the Prime Minister that Khurshid had tried to
undermine the authority of the Election Commission, which is a
Constitutional body, EC sources said.
Without going into the issue of his letter to the Prime
Minister, Quraishi today dismissed suggestions that it was
getting personal between him and Khurshid. "It is a very
ridiculous idea. We are friends otherwise, personally. It is
just an institutional issue."
This is the second time in recent days that Khurshid has
drawn the EC`s .
The Commission had on Tuesday served show cause notice on
the minister for promising 9 per cent sub-quota for minorities
in UP while campaigning for his wife Louise in Farrukhabad on
The minister had denied having violated the Model Code of
Conduct, saying the promise was made by the Congress in its
manifesto released in the run-up to the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.