BJP on Friday complained to the Election Commission against Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma’s remarks on minority sub quota, asking the poll body to book him for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.
A BJP delegation comprising Jagat Prakash Nadda, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain, along with R. Ramakrishna, convener of the party’s election cell, met Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Qureshi and the two EC’s V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma and submitted a memorandum to them against Mr. Verma.
“We have met the Election Commission and lodged our complaint against Verma and sought registration of a case against him for violating the model mode of conduct through his remarks on sub-quota,” BJP general secretary J.P. Nadda told reporters while coming out of the Commission.
“The ECI should now consider measures more stringent than a mere censure such as prosecution and debarring of the delinquent ministers from electioneering in extraordinary situations such as the present one where lawmakers become lawbreakers,” the BJP memorandum to Election Commission states.
Mr. Nadda said it has become a regular feature with the Congress to challenge constitutional authorities.
In their complaint, the BJP said, “It is unfortunate that Union Ministers are being engaged to continue the relay race in making false promises which are packaged in a parallel denigration of the ECI.
“Repeated breach of the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) is itself reprehensible, but what compounds the offence is that the same offence is repeated by different functionaries holding ministerial positions...”