Law minister Salman Khurshid on Friday told the Election Commission that his remarks promising job quota for minorities was only a declaration of intent and not a policy announcement.
Appearing on behalf of Khurshid, leading counsel and Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi also told the commission that the law minister had not referred to any particular minority community and had only reiterated a pre-declared government policy.
"We have given sufficiently strong reasons in this regard," Singhvi said after a nearly hour-long commission hearing.
The commission had issued a show-cause notice to Khurshid for having declared that his party would provide 9% reservation to minorities from the existing 27% reservation meant for OBCs should it return to power in UP.
He had made the remarks while campaigning for his wife Louise Khurshid in Farrukhabad.
"The person concerned was not speaking in any manner as a union minister. He was speaking as a Congressman," Singhvi said.