Farukkhabad (UP)/New Delhi:  After Law Minister Salman Khurshid, another Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma dared the Election Commission to take action against him with his subquota for Muslims remarks which drew round criticism from friends and foes as also from Congress party.

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"Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can now issue a notice to me," Verma said while addressing a rally at Kaimganj in Farukkhabad on Wednesday night in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Khurshid.

The Election Commission on Thursday began examining if Verma's remarks were violative of the model code of conduct.

"We are in possession of the CD of the minister's speech. The Election Commission is examining the matter," said an EC official in Delhi.

Congress made a public disapproval of Verma's remarks.

"Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had three four days back very clearly said that we function under democracy and that the language of our political discourse should be restrained and we should definitely respect Constitutional bodies.

"This statement given by our party general secretary is applicable to me, to Beni Prasad Verma, Salman Khurshid and all of us," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters in Delhi.

BJP said the one-upmanship among Congress leaders for appeasement and vote-bank politics was "very regrettable" and asked the Election Commission to take appropriate action on the issue.

UPA ally Trinamool Congress jointed the opposition attack on Verma and complained to the EC, demanding he be barred from campaigning in UP.

Trinamool alleged a "political conspiracy" has been hatched in an "attempt to befool Muslims".