No regrets over statement on sub-quota: Khurshid

Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 16:36

New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who
has courted controversy by his statement on granting 9 per
cent quota for minorities, on Friday said he had no regrets as he
had not done anything unlawful.

"No. Why should I regret You regret when you do
something unlawful," he told reporters while emerging from a
meeting of the Group of Ministers on Bhopal gas tragedy.

Khurshid made the promise of nine per cent sub-quota for
muslims within the existing 27 per cent OBC quota in
Farrukhabad Assembly Constituency in Uttar Pradesh where his
wife Louise is in the fray.

He was slapped with a notice on Tuesday by the Election
Commission which held that prima facie his promise on
sub-quota for backward muslims within existing 27 per cent OBC
quota was "serious violation" of the model code of conduct.

He replied to the notice yesterday, defending his
statement by citing the 2009 Congress poll manifesto in which
the party had promised to provide for a sub-quota for
minorities.

"We have to file a reply. How can you not file a reply
Yes, I have filed the reply," the Minister said when asked
about it.

Queried whether he felt it was a mistake to make such a
statement, he shot back, "If I say you that I committed a
mistake, what will be my reply"

When pointed out that Chief Election Commissioner S Y
Quraishi had complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about
his earlier statement suggesting the Law Ministry`s control
over the Election Commission, Khurshid was dismissive,
claiming "no complaint has been made".

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 16:36

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