Monday, February 13, 2012

Election Commission to close Khurshid issue after his regret letter: Sources

New Delhi:  A day after Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid wrote a letter to the Election Commission (EC), expressing regret over his remarks on the minority quota, the poll panel has, according to sources, decided to close the matter.

Under fire and finding himself increasingly isolated over his confrontation with the poll panel over the minority quota issue, Mr Khurshid had, in the letter addressed to Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, said that he respects the institution and that he has always strived to strengthen the law.

Mr Khurshid
has been involved in a bitter war of words with the poll panel in the last few days. The confrontation escalated to new heights after the EC sent a letter to President Pratibha Patil on Saturday, complaining about the minister's "defiant" attitude on his minority quota remarks. (Read letter) The EC had suggested that the minister's remarks were a clear violation of the model code of conduct given the polls that are under way in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Khurshid, in his letter, sought to clear the air, saying that he never intended to transgress the law or the model code of conduct during the elections. Significantly, in a major climbdown of sorts, Mr Khurshid said that the entire controversy was "unfortunate", adding that he "regrets the statement". Read More...


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