Notice to Khurshid, wife over Muslim quota promise
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 23:19
New Delhi/Lucknow: Law Minister Salman Khurshid was on Tuesday caught in a raging controversy over his promise for a nine per cent sub quota for backward Muslims with the BJP complaining to the Election Commission which slapped show cause notices on him and his wife, a Congress candidate in Farrukhabad Assembly constituency in UP.

A BJP delegation headed by Mukhtar Abnbas Naqvi, MP, met Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and demanded action against Khurshid for making the promise at an election meeting in support of his wife, Louise, accusing him of violating the Model Code of Conduct and Constitution.

Naqvi said seeking votes in the name of religion was a violation of election laws.

However, Khurshid rejected charges against him claiming he was only referring to the party's election manifesto while campaigning for Louise.

The minister hit back at BJP saying the party was following double standards because it claims right to promise construction of a Ram temple.

Acting on BJP's complaint and taking cognisance of the Law Minister's promise, the election authorities served a show-cause to his wife to explain within three days the statements made by her husband while campaigning in her favour.

Farrukhabad District Electoral Officer Sachchidanand Dubey told PTI that "a show cause notice has been served on Louise Khurshid by the Returning Officer for Farrukhabad Assembly constituency Ashok Kumar Lal".

Late in the night, sources said that the EC is serving a notice to Khurshid over his Muslim quota promise.

The Congress party went on the defensive on the EC notice served on Khurshid's wife over his quota remarks and said it respected the election body's decision.

The Law minister while campaigning in Farrukhabad had on Sunday promised to the electorate that if Congress is voted to power in the state it would enhance the sub-quota to Muslims to 9 per cent within the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).


First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 23:19

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