New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday said it has not yet taken a decision on the letter of Law Minister Salman Khurshid regretting his controversial remarks on the minorities sub-quota issue.

Amid speculation about its response to Khurshid's letter sent late Monday night to the poll panel, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said the Commission is yet to deliberate on this particular issue as it had several other important issues at hand.

"The Commission has been busy with other important things.... It will decide on it in due course of time," Quraishi said after a meeting of the Commission on Tuesday morning.

The Commission also held discussions with a visiting American delegation led by the US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, besides meeting a delegation of the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti with complaints of alleged poll violations.


EC sources had earlier in the day indicated that the poll body was likely to put a lid on the issue in view of Khurshid's regret and assurance of not raking up the matter again.

No intention to undermine EC: Khurshid

Smelling the adverse effect of tussle with Election Commission during the assembly elections after his recent Muslim sub-quota remark, Law Minister and Congress star campaigner Salman Khurshid on Tuesday expressed regret and said that he never intended to breach the law and undermine the election body.

In a letter to the commission late on Monday night, Khurshid said, “It is unfortunate that my remarks led to controversy. My intentions were very clear. I never meant to disregard and challenge the poll body. I bow to the wisdom of the constitutional body (EC) and commit not to repeat such actions in future.”

As per the sources, the Union Minister was mulling over taking the entire issue in the court. But after observing the negative impact of challenging the poll body in the election season and receiving strong opposition from the party men, Khurshid trying to play safe, apologized to the Commission for his statements.

Khurshid had earlier received warning from the Election Commission for violating model code of conduct by promising sub-quota for Muslims while campaigning for his wife in Farrukhabad.