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Cong delegation meets CEC on Khurshid notice

The notice was given to Law Minister Salman Khurshid on his sub-quota for minority reservation remarks.



New Delhi: A delegation of senior Congress
leaders on Monday met Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and
discussed with him the notice given to Law Minister Salman
Khurshid on his sub-quota for minority reservation remarks
during campaigning for his wife in Uttar Pradesh recently.

"We have briefly advised the EC on the issue of Salman
Khurshid`s notice received by him," Congress spokesperson
Abhishek Shinghvi said after coming out of the meeting with
CEC.

Singhvi, a lawyer himself, who went on behalf of
Khurshid to take up the matter with EC, said it would heard
again in the near future.

"A more detailed hearing in this regard will be held in
the near future after a week or two weeks," he said.

Sources said the next hearing on the issue before the EC
will be held on January 19.

Khurshid was served a show-cause notice by the Election
Commission on January 10 for his remarks promising reservation
for backward minorities during his election campaign in favour
of his wife Louise, who is the Congress candidate in
Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.

The show-cause notice was served after the BJP complained
against him for violating the model code of conduct by making
such promises to woo minority voters.

Pleading not guilty of any violation of the model code,
Khurshid in his reply had said that his remarks were based on
the Congress manifesto released by the party during the 2009
Lok Sabha polls.

Today`s meeting, which discussed other issues related to
Uttar Pradesh elections, lasted over 90 minutes and was
attended by Singhvi and Congress General Secretary Digvijay
Singh.

PTI

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