Quota row: Congress backs Khurshid; action unlikely
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Quota row: Congress backs Khurshid; action unlikely
Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 13:26
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Quota row: Congress backs Khurshid; action unlikely

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A day after the Election Commission complained to President Pratibha Patil over Salman Khurshid’s defiant stand on quota for backward Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said that action against the Law Minister was unlikely.

According to sources, the PM was unlikely to act as the matter was more political than administrative.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said such comments against a constitutional body like the Election Commission should be avoided.

The party however maintained that Khurshid had done nothing wrong.

Speaking to mediapersons in Lucknow, senior Congress leader and Khurshid’s representative, Abid Hussain maintained that the Law Minister’s views were in-sync with the Congress’ stance on the issue.

"Whatever Salman Khurshid has said in his campaigns is in accordance with the Congress’ stance in the election manifesto. If we cannot convey and discuss the provisions laid down in our manifesto with the masses, then what is the use of our leaders going to public meetings?" said Hussain.

Echoing similar views, senior Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal remained on the defensive, stressing that the party was keen to hold discussions on the issue of minority reservation on the basis of latest Census statistics.

"As far as I am aware, Mr Salman Khurshid has said nothing wrong. He has spoken about providing additional reservation to Muslims, and has also said that discussions pertaining to this will be held when the latest Census data is made available.

During a recent poll campaign in northern Uttar Pradesh, Khurshid had said if the Congress party was voted to power in the state, the sub-quota for Muslims would be increased to nine per cent within the 27 per cent reservation meant for Other Backward Classes (OBC).

However, the Election Commission slapped Khurshid with a notice, saying his remarks had violated the model code of conduct.

The EC was even forced to seek the President's immediate and decisive intervention, after a defiant Khurshid said he would continue to pursue nine percent reservation for minorities (Muslims) "even if they (the Election Commission) hang me".

The poll body wrote the defiance and aggression by the minister of the Constitutional body was "unprecedented" and his "improper and unlawful action" had strained the delicate balance of powers among Constitutional authorities.

Following the development, the Opposition demanded Khurshid’s resignation.

 
First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 13:24
 
 

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Subhash Kumar Joshi - Roorkee
this is a clear evidence of arrogance of the people in the government, upa and congress. they care to hoots for constitutional body cec and they were defending their strong lok pal bill by pleading for constitutional status. what can be weaker than cec, whose request to the preseident for constitutional violation is being put in the dust bin by government, upa and congress. these people need to be shown door, enough is enough.
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chandrashekar - bangalore
it is really amazing. if any body can take religion as granted to grab votes, then what kind of democracy we are following. our society crumbled in to peices, cast politics ruling. political parties are hitting hard on people sentiments, for self gains. politicians have lost all moral credibility, they were simply following divide divide divide divide and rule policy. my sincere question, how long we need reservation on cast and crew basis, how long you people wan`t to rule us by upbeating common man sentiments? if you are so honest in your approach, really working for common man, then why you were failed in bringing justice to the poor sections. how long you expect reservations for mere political gains. people of this country needs an explanation from so called political parties.
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