Allahabad: In obvious disapproval of Law
Minister Salman Khurshid`s spat with the Election Commission,
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said Congress has made
it clear that "people occupying posts of responsibility should
"Let me make it clear that this is not a party issue,
though Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi has already
made the party`s stand clear that people occupying posts of
responsibility should behave responsibly", Mukherjee told a
press conference here.
Asked whether the PMO, on receipt of the Election
Commission`s complaint forwarded by President Pratibha Patil,
was likely to take action against Khurshid, Mukherjee said
"the Prime Minister is seized of the matter. As and when any
action is taken, it will be known to all people".
The Union Law Minister has been at the centre of a
controversy that had erupted following his promise at an
election rally in Uttar Pradesh that Congress would raise the
sub-quota for the minorities if voted to power in the state.
The poll panel found his remarks violative of the model
code of conduct but Khurshid has stuck to his guns stating
that he was ready to be hanged for fighting for the rights of
the minorities, which prompted EC to write a strongly-worded
letter to the President on the issue.