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Monday, 20 February 2012

EC notice to Verma for remarks on sub-quota



EC notice to Verma for remarks on sub-quota

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI): The Election Commission on Saturday issued notice to Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma over his remarks on sub-quota for muslims, holding that prima facie it was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and sought his reply by Monday evening.
The Commission, which examined the video recordings of Verma's speech at a rally in Farrukhabad in UP, said it "is prima facie satisfied that the Steel Minister, has violated the aforesaid provisions of the Model Code of Conduct".
While addressing a poll rally on Wednesday night in Farukkabad in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Beni had said, "Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can now issue a notice to me.
Meanwhile Verma said in Lucknow on Saturday that his remarks were not intentional and were a slip of tongue.
"I have been addressing four to five rallies everyday and sometimes I fail to pay attention that in which reference I am saying something," Verma said, adding he respected the Election Commission and every person should do so.
Verma is the second Union minister after Law Minister Salman Khurshid who has been issued notice from the poll body for poll code violation over the sub-quota remarks.
The Commission has asked Verma to explain his position by 5pm on February 20, as to why action should not be taken against him for violating the provisions of Model Code of Conduct.
In case Verma fails to reply to the notice, the EC will decide the matter without any further reference to him, the notice said.
Sources said the Election Commission had taken serious note of his comments, particularly for daring the poll body to take action against him.