Khurshid of violates model code of conduct: BJP
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 20:16
New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday complained to the Election Commission that Congress leader and Union Minister Salman Kurshid had violated the model code of conduct by promising nine per cent sub-quota for backward Muslims in Uttar Pradesh if voted to power.

A BJP delegation, led by party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, submitted a memorandum to Chief Eelection Commissioner S Y Quraishi in connection with reports that Kurshid had made the announcement yesterday at a public meeting in Farrukhabad where his wife Louis in fray.

"He has also indicated that Muslims will be benefited from this move. This is an unconstitutional announcement and a blatant violation of model code of conduct," BJP said.

Naqvi later told reporters that this was a "criminal conspiracy" on the part of the Congress and a "dangerous move towards the path of communal conflict and disharmony".

"Earlier the Congress-led government had announced it would provide 4.5 per cent reservation to minorities within the OBC quota and now Kurshid has said it will be 9 per cent.

This is definitely an attack on the rights and dignity of the backward castes. This is also a dangerous conspiracy to start a civil war," Naqvi said.

The party announced that it will not allow such "regressive designs" to succeed. BJP leaders will hold protests in all constituencies of UP on January 13 against this move of the Congress.

BJP has been aggressively wooing the OBC voters in UP and hence has opposed the quota within quota for minorities which would shrink the share of the backward castes.


First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 20:16

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