UP: After Khurshid,Beni dares EC on Muslim quota

Union Steel Minister repeats that Congress will increase Muslim quota if voted to power.

Written by Agencies | Farukkhabad | Published:February 16, 2012 2:35 pm

After Salman Khurshid,Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has dared the Election Commission to take action against him after declaring that quota for Muslims would be increased.

“Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the Election Commission wants,it can now issue a notice to me,” Verma said while addressing a rally at Kaimganj last night in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid.

The minister said Khurshid was “honestly fighting for Muslims”. Referring to the row between the poll body and Khurshid,Beni said if Congress comes to power,it would work for more reservation.

Khurshid had last week triggered a controversy by stating that he would continue to speak on nine per cent sub-quota for minorities even if the Election Commission “hangs me”.

The EC had yesterday put a lid on the standoff with Khurshid after he expressed regrets over his “defiance” of the poll body over his remarks on sub-quota for minorities.

During a separate election meeting organised in the city,Khurshid,while campaigning in support of his wife and Congress candidate Louis Khurshid,said that when he said the same thing in Parliament (on quota) nobody said anything and when he repeated it in Farukkhabad,hullabaloo was created.

He said besides reservation,there were number of others laws which would benefit the poor,farmers and workers.

The minister promised higher compensation for farmers whose land would be acquired.

Apparently referring to BJP leader Arun Jaitely,Khurshid said that when he talks about Muslims,the BJP leader says that he talks about only one community. “I want to ask why he is opposed to one community.”

EC examining Verma’s remarks daring poll body on sub-quota

Taking note of Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma’s remarks on minorities sub-quota and daring the poll body during a rally in Farrukhabad last night,the Election Commission today started examining whether the utterances violated the model code of conduct.

The Commission,in its meeting,directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh to provide it with a copy of the recorded speech of Verma made during an election rally in Kaimganj area of Farrukhabad.

Verma,while addressing the rally in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law

Minister Salman Khurshid,had said “reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants,it can now issue a notice to me.”

The EC started examining the matter earlier by obtaining the tapes of the minister’s speech from a private news channel but the same were not very clearly audible.

“The Election Commission is examining the matter and asked the UP CEO to provide a copy of the recorded speech of the minister,” said an EC official here.

Verma,in his speech,had also supported Khurshid,saying he was “honestly fighting for Muslims”.

He said if Congress comes to power,then they would work for more reservation.

Khurshid had last week triggered a controversy by stating that he would continue to speak on nine per cent sub-quota for minorities even if the Election Commission “hangs me”,drawing the poll body’s unprecedented action of writing to President

Pratibha Patil seeking her intervention for his alleged defiance.

The EC had yesterday put a lid on the standoff with Khurshid after he expressed regrets over his “defiance” of the poll body over his remarks on subquota for minorities.

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