BJP asks EC to ban Khurshid from campaigning
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 00:12
  
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 censure.

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."

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 00:12


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