‘Gandhis support Khurshid on minority quota’

Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 14:34

New Delhi: BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday
alleged that Congress party has communalised the on-going
Uttar Pradesh polls and this view was strengthened by the fact
that statements made by Union Ministers Salman Khurshid and
Beni Prasad Verma on sub-quota for minorities have been
supported by Gandhis.

"Never before have the Congress Party or its leaders
communalised an Assembly election as consciously and
deliberately as it has done in Uttar Pradesh in 2012. The
Salman Khurshid episode is not the only instance to prove this
point.

"Digvijay Singh`s recent statement to the effect that the
Batla House encounter with terrorists was a fake encounter has
been yet another instance," Advani said in his blog.

He expressed concern over the whole episode where Khurshid
openly defied the Election Commission, forcing the poll panel
to write a letter to the President of India.

Later, Khurshid wrote a letter regretting his statement.
Advani stated on his blog that in his public meeting
during the election campaign he has asked Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to rein in his ministers and sack Kurshid.

He goes on to say that while Khurshid continues in office,
now Verma has spoken on similar lines and has been served a
notice by the EC.

"If Verma also does something like what Khurshid has
done, and escapes removal from the Ministry, then (Leader of
Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun) Jaitley`s suspicion would be
proved correct that these statements are not individual acts
of defiance of a constitutional authority but part of a
planned poll-oriented conspiracy by the party`s poll managers.

"It is significant that while the party formally
distanced itself from Khurshid`s utterances, the family did
not. The family`s youngest campaigner enthusiastically
supported the Law Minister," Advani said.

The BJP leader is alluding to Priyanka Vadra who appeared
to be supporting Khurshid when she said the minister has spoken
and EC can also put across its point.

Vadra had, however, toned down her views when Verma
repeated the same promise to the people.
She had then said such statements do happen in the heat
of election campaigning.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress General
Secretary Rahul Gandhi have not spoken on the statements made
by Khurshid and Verma on minority sub-quota.

As per the Election Code of Conduct, a minister cannot
make any financial grants or promises thereof.

Promising reservations to minorities within the OBC quota
is tantamount to that, according to the EC observations.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 14:32
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