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Updated: February 14, 2012 18:36 IST

Yet to decide on Khursheed matter: CEC

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Chief Election Commissioner of India S. Y. Quraishi. File photo
The Hindu Chief Election Commissioner of India S. Y. Quraishi. File photo

The Election Commission took umbrage to the Law Minister promising 'nine per cent sub-quota for minorities' in an election rally. Mr. Khursheed on Monday wrote to the EC saying 'he bows to the wisdom of the EC', adding such a situation would not arise again.

The Election Commission today said it has not yet taken a decision on the letter of Law Minister Salman Khursheed regretting his controversial remarks on the minorities’ sub-quota issue.

Amid speculation about its response to Mr. Khursheed’s letter sent late last night to the poll panel, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said the Commission is yet to deliberate on this particular issue as it had several other important issues at hand.

“The Commission has been busy with other important things.... It will decide on it in due course of time,” Mr. Quraishi said after a meeting of the Commission this morning.

The Commission also held discussions with a visiting American delegation led by the U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, besides meeting a delegation of the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti with complaints of alleged poll violations.

In a letter delivered to the EC late on Monday night, Mr. Khursheed said that he “bows to the wisdom of the EC” and has given his personal commitment to ensure that such a situation does not arise again.

Mr. Khursheed’s letter came close on the heels of Congress disapproving his comments against the poll panel, saying that “people occupying posts of responsibility should speak responsibly”.

In a short communication, the Minister said, “I treat this matter as unfortunate and regret the statement...it has never been my intention to transgress the law and undermine the election code of conduct. I have great respect for the Commission and the decisions it takes and has taken....”

EC sources had earlier in the day indicated that the poll body was likely to put a lid on the issue in view of Mr. Khurshid’s regret and assurance of not raking up the matter again.

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Such an attitude of the ministers should be condemned and mercilessly nipped in the bud.This is apparently a testing time for the EC to prove itself as the custodian of the election commission as the situation is highly warranting an uncompromising action by it which would act as a deterrent as this is also an important matter.

from:  Anthony Rao.Reddy
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 01:10 IST

Deterrent punishment should be given for the irresponsible utterances of the Central Law Minister who continued to defy the EC, which is a constitutional authority. That he had his way and conveyed whatever rhetoric (though unlawful)he wanted to make has to be taken serious note of.If the Union law Minister disobeys laws who will respect?

from:  anantharaman
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 20:56 IST

The Commission is busy with other important matters and will decide on
this in due course. This( Khurshid's intransigence) is not only an
important matter but also a serious one. Immediate and deterrent action
alone will prevent Khurshid and others of his ilk from continuing in the
same refrain and will also ensure the dignity of the Commission. The one
feeling of relief in this news report is that the Commission is not
burying the matter, as some news sources(perhaps wishfully) have already
reported.

from:  N.S.Rajan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 18:09 IST
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