New Delhi: Already in dock over code violation for promising sub-quota for backward minorities, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has more troubles to face ahead of the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Citing previous decisions of the Election Commission against instances of violation of model code of conduct, the Bharatiya Janata party put a strangle hold over the law minister.

Khurshid has a weak defense in the case as being the Minster of Minority Affairs, his promise of providing 9 percent reservation to backward minorities in jobs is not visible in the Congress manifesto.

During the hearing before the Commission, BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad and Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress presented their cases before the election commission which will announce its decision on the issue in a few days.

Representing the Law Minister in his absence, his lawyer Abhishek Singhvi told the Commission that the Congress has always worked for the welfare of minorities and the promise of 9 percent reservation to minorities was made by him in this regard. He said, “Khurshid is a Congressman and as a partyman he just mentioned the policy of the party.”

However, the BJP chief spokesman and senior advocate Ravi Shankar Prasad firmly said, “The complaint has been made against the government and not against the Congress because Khurshid is not just a Congress leader but Minister for Minority Affairs and Law & Justice as well.”

He added, “Since the issue of reservation for minorities comes under his ministry, his statement proves to be a violation of the model code of conduct.”

Mentioning an earlier decision of the commission over Hajj subsidy, Prasad said,
“Salman Khurshid’s promise of providing 9 percent reservation to backward minorities is not visible in the Congress manifesto and will therefore severely impact poll results.

It is to be noted, Singhvi has shielded Khurshid twice earlier in this regard and again came to his rescue on Friday at the hearing before the Election Commission.