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Salman’s quota remarks: CEC complains to PM

CEC SY Quraishi has complained to PM Manmohan Singh, saying the minister had tried to undermine the authority of the Election Commission.



New Delhi: Taking strong exception to Law Minister Salman Khurshid`s recent comments, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the minister had tried to undermine the authority of the Election Commission with his public utterances.
While Quraishi, when contacted by agency, refused to comment
on his letter to the Prime minister, sources said the CEC had
raised the matter conveying his disapproval of Khurshid`s
public comments against the constitutional body.

The sources said that Quraishi had written a letter to the
Prime Minister about a fortnight ago saying the Law Minister
was trying to undermine the EC by stating that "every
institution is under some control".

The Prime Minister has now replied to the CEC reiterating
that no one could undermine the EC`s independent and
constitutional status, the sources said.

This is the second time in recent days that Khurshid has
drawn EC`s ire. The Commission had on Tuesday served show
cause notice on the minister on a complaint by the BJP
protesting his promise of 9 per cent sub-quota for minorities
in UP while campaigning for his wife Louise in Farrukhabad on
Sunday.

While EC officials remained tight-lipped about the CEC
letter written to PM, the election body would take up
Khurshid`s reply on the show cause notice served on him in the
full house meeting tomorrow.
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.

PTI

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