Khurshid speaks to PM after EC complains to Prez
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Khurshid speaks to PM after EC complains to Prez
Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 23:11
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New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the backdrop of Election Commission's complaint against him to President Pratibha Patil in which the panel accused him of "improper and unlawful" defiance of its orders.

Sources close to the minister confirmed that Khurshid, who is currently in Lucknow, had a telephonic talk with the PM but it could not be known what transpired.

Acting swiftly on the complaint by the Election Commission against Khurshid, the President had last night sent it to the office of the Prime Minister for "appropriate action".

In an unprecedented step last night, the Commission sought "immediate and decisive" intervention of the President accusing the Law Minister of "improper and unlawful" defiance of its orders under which he was censured for promising sub-quota for minorities.

In a strongly-worded communication to Patil, the EC said Khurshid's action could "vitiate free and fair polls" in Uttar Pradesh and that it was "perturbed because the undermining of its Constitutionally-mandated duties has come from the Law Minister who has direct responsibility to uphold and strengthen the EC rather than to denigrate it".

The Commission took the unprecedented decision to complain against a Union minister to the President after Khurshid had told an election rally in UP earlier in the day that he would continue to pursue the line on nine per cent sub-quota for minorities 'even if they (EC) hang me'.

Khurshid spoke to the PM on a day when Congress virtually snubbed him for the controversy with party general secretary and media department chief Janardan Dwivedi underlining that all party men should "speak as per the norms of public life and the law of the land".

BJP has demanded sacking of Khurshid and its ally JD(U) said Khurshid should be banned from visiting Uttar Pradesh while CPI(M) disapproved of his "defiant stance".

PTI

 
First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 23:11
 
 

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Onkar - USA
How can a person deliver a fair and just protection to the people of the land when he himself is in defiance of the constitutionally-mandated duties and furthermore, himself is involved in improper and unlawful activities. This is not only total disregard for the law of the land but also abuse of his powerful position. In my humble opinion, such a person should not only be sacked but prosecuted for violating the constitution that he is expected to protect. Hope the Govt. takes a swift action without any delay. Thanks. Respectfully submitted, Onkar
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