BJP asks EC to ban Khurshid from campaigning

Stepping up its attack on Salman Khurshid BJP on Saturday moved the poll body seeking a ban on his campaigning in Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll.

New Delhi: Stepping up its attack on Law
Minister Salman Khurshid for his alleged defiance of the
Election Commission`s censure for his remarks on minorities`
sub-quota, BJP on Saturday moved the poll body seeking a ban on his
campaigning in Uttar Pradesh assembly poll.

The EC held an emergency meeting late tonight to discuss
the issue of Khurshid`s remarks on the issue even after its

The BJP today lodged a complaint to EC against Khurshid
for sticking to his subquota remarks and said "lest the
model code of conduct becomes a toothless wonder, there is
dire need for the ECI to impose sanctions more stringent than
mere censure.

"It is now more than apparent that the Law Minister will
continue undaunted to seek votes on the basis of religion--a
practice abhorred by the Commission. It is, therefore,
necessary in the fitness of things to keep him away
from the scene of elections", said the complaint.

Citing its earlier orders in banning cabinet ministers
from campaigning in Lalu Prasad Yadav`s constituency in Bihar
elections, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who sent the fresh
complaint to the EC, said "this is a fit case where the
ECI could consider imposing a ban on Shri Khurshid entering
the state of Uttar Pradesh during the poll process.

It said "District Magistrates do pass such orders in the
interest of maintenance of law and order."

Naqvi, in his complaint, added "ECI may also like to
report the whole matter to the Prime Minister for suitable
disciplinary action against the Law Minister for undermining
the authority of the Commission during the crucial period of a
poll process."