Under attack for his comments about the Supreme Court and the Election Commission in London, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Saturday he was “saddened” by the unfair manner in which his comments were reported to feed “an already frenzied and surcharged atmosphere” in the country. He denied mocking any institution.
He said he spoke for about 45 minutes to a largely academic audience and answered questions in his public lecture at SOAS in London on “Challenges before Indian Democracy”.
“I did not mock. What I said is a serious concern if you are discussing issues about democracy,” he told reporters in London. He had also said he has views that others may have or not.
“As for the Supreme Court and the Election Commission I explicitly placed on record their ‘yeoman’ contribution to remarkable improvements in our electoral system and governance, particularly the integrity of the election process. I conceded that the courts have to step in where Parliament and executive are unable to deliver as expected and referred to the judgements that explain this.
However this is an area of serious debate in jurisprudence,” he said.
Kiran Bedi tried to establish her credentials as a secular, pro-women candidate.