New Delhi: After taking potshots at rival parties during the Assembly elections, Congress has now turned its guns at the Election Commission after the roadshow of the party general secretary Rahul Gandhi landed into trouble in Kanpur on Monday.

Miffed over being dragged into one after another controversy over the violation of model code of conduct, the UPA government is mulling over curtailing the powers of the election body.

Sources claim that a battery of ministers has even drafted an agenda over taking away powers of the EC over initiating action against the model code of conduct (MCC).

However, the Union Ministry of Personnel has vehemently denied having any such agenda but the Union Minister Salman Khurshid has hinted that such electoral reforms are possible after the All-party consultations.

Echoing similar views, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari has said that the issue of MCC must be handled legally. Hence, it is clear that if the code conduct will be treated legally then it will come under the jurisdiction of the court and will no more remain under the powers of EC.

Opposing the entire issue, CEC SY Qureshi said, “I will strongly oppose the proposed reforms as it will not be healthy for the poll mechanism. There are many long pending cases in the courts. The proposed step will further exaggerate things and delay the entire process. This will not be in the right spirit of the poll process in the country.”

Notably, senior Congress leaders and Union Ministers in the UPA government, Salman Khurshid and Beni Prasad Verma had created a furore over the Muslim sub-quota comment and also dared the EC despite the warning of the poll body.

Moreover, the virtual attack on the election body has become more visible after the election campaign of Rahul Gandhi met with another controversy in Kanpur on Monday.

The Kanpur district administration has filed an FIR against Gandhi for flouting the rules during his roadshow.  Union Minster Kapil Sibal and party general secretary Digvijay Singh had even announced that the party will take the matter to the High Court.

(JPN/ Bureau)