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It would have been better if we had spoken little less,says Rita

With a number of Congress leaders coming under the scanner of the Election Commission for their controversial remarks during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll campaign,the party’s state unit president Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Friday said it would have been better had a little restraint been exercised. To a question on Congress leaders issuing maximum number […]

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lucknow | Published: March 3, 2012 2:22:03 am

With a number of Congress leaders coming under the scanner of the Election Commission for their controversial remarks during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll campaign,the party’s state unit president Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Friday said it would have been better had a little restraint been exercised.

To a question on Congress leaders issuing maximum number of controversial statements during electioneering,Joshi told reporters here that her party’s campaigning had been “aggressive and positive” sending others on the backfoot. “We made no immediate promises which could be termed as sops to attract voters”,she claimed.

Citing the example of Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal,she said the media had created “unnecessary hype” about his President’s rule remarks and he was let off by the EC.

However,when questioned repeatedly,Joshi acknowledged that “if we had spoken a little less it would have been better”.

Besides Jaiswal,Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma had also come under the scanner of the EC for their Muslim sub-quota remarks during campaigning.

Beni regrets quota remark

New Delhi: Steel minister Beni Prasad Verma on Friday regretted his remarks during a poll campaign regarding sub-quota for backward class minorities within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

The EC had issued him a notice for violating the model code of conduct. “I have clarified before the EC that it was never the intention of Verma in any manner to hurt the Commission…What he said,if it has hurt them,he regrets the same,” Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi said after appearing before the EC on Verma’s behalf.

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