New Delhi: There seems no respite for Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma  after his sub-quota remark on minorities as the EC is gearing up to take stringent action against him. Beni Prasad on Monday is expected to file his reply to the Election Commission notice for violating the model code of conduct.

The poll panel had issued a show cause notice to the Steel Minister seeking his explanation on his controversial remarks and is now waiting for an official reply. After getting the notice from the EC, Beni had said, "I respect the EC. But do not remember what I said, in what context, as I have been attending four-five meetings every day for past many months."

It was reported that 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."

The Election Commission had taken a serious note of his comments, particularly for daring the poll body to take action against him.

The EC notice states, "It is evident from the above statements of Shri Beni Prasad Verma that by making such comments, he was violating the model code of conduct and yet he deliberately and willfully did the same."

Significantly, Beni Prasad is the second Congress minister to have faced the EC ire over quota remarks. Earlier Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid was excused for his controversial remarks on Muslim sub-quota.

In case of Khurshid, the irked EC had even apprised the President of the situation and sought her intervention. Following which, the President in a letter to the PM had asked to take appropriate steps to end the standoff.

After facing the heat from all sides, Khurshid finally had to send a regret letter to the poll panel.

Taking instances of poll violations into account, the EC is now mulling over a plan which would ensure that the model code of conduct is not violated and no one dares the commission.

(JPN/ Bureau)