New Delhi: Initiating a probe into alleged poll code violation by Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma for his remarks on Minority sub-quota, the Election Commission is likely to take stern action against the minister.

The poll panel has already issued a notice to Congress candidate Shakuntala Devi during whose campaign Verma had made the controversial statement.

The EC may also send notice to the Union minister by Saturday evening.

The BJP on Friday registered a complaint to the EC against Verma for violating the model code of conduct. They also demanded stern action against the Steel Minister for his remarks.

Significantly, while the Congress has been tightlipped on the issue, its ally the NCP has criticised Verma and termed his statement as a ‘foolish move.’ Another ally The Trinamool Congress has already registered a complaint against Verma for his remarks.

Verma is the second Union Minister after Salman Khurshid to be under the scanner of the EC for his remarks on the minority sub-quota made during his campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

Verma, while addressing a poll rally on Wednesday night in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, had said ‘reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can issue a notice to me.’

(JPN/ Bureau)