Khurshid, Beni remarks at Sonia's behest: Gadkari
BJP president Nitin Gadkari today alleged union ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma had dared the Election Commission over the minority sub-quota issue at the behest of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Ministers will speak according to EC guidelines: Khurshidindia Updated: Feb 18, 2012 21:30 IST
BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday alleged union ministers Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma had dared the Election Commission over the minority sub-quota issue at the behest of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
"They have dared the Election Commission to do whatever it likes. It has all been at the instance of Sonia Gandhi who has not yet broken her silence on the matter," he told a poll rally here.
Both Khurshid and Verma were communal faces of the Congress, Gadkari said.
SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav had also promised to raise the Muslim quota, but "from where these leaders will extend reservation to the community," the BJP leader asked.
The Supreme Court had already fixed the quota limit to 50%, he said adding these leaders should tell the people how they would fulfil their promises.
Earlier, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley insisted that repeated violation of the election moral code of
conduct is being done in a planned manner.
"Again and again the violation of moral code of election conduct is being done. It is planned. This is not a mistake. To mix communal poison in elections is the purpose of such acts. EC has stopped them, still they do it. This cannot happen without the knowledge of party leaders," Jaitley said.
BJP spokesperson and general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda also spoke on similar lines, saying Verma had with his statement thrown a challenge to the Election Commission in the presence of Kurshid, who had been reprimanded by the poll panel for the same offence.
"The Election Commission needs to think about this issue. The result of its earlier stand when it wrote to the President, is that Beni Prasad has again spoken the same thing. Here a constitutional authority is challenging a constitutional institution," Nadda said.
He alleged that this smacks of arrogance on the part of the Congress.
"The EC should start prosecution proceedings against the guilty. This is a poll offence," Nadda said.
First Published: Feb 18, 2012 21:23 IST