New Delhi: The troubles for the Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid are far from over as the Congress manifesto has countered his promise of providing 9 percent quota in government jobs to minorities in Uttar Pradesh. Khurshid is facing the wrath of the Election Commission for violation of model code of conduct by luring Muslims in name of minority quota ahead of the assembly polls in the state.

In absence of the promise of providing 9 percent quota to minorities in the Congress manifesto, Khurshid may face the music while appearing before the Election Commission on Friday.

Congress is capitalizing on the minority sub-quota in government jobs in the state and Khurshid had fuelled the fire by going ahead with a promise of 9 percent reservation in this regard. Party spokesman and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi had come to the rescue of the law minister twice before the commission in the presence of the Chief Election Commissioner, but in vain.

However, the Commission was waiting to consider the party manifesto before arriving at a conclusion and now it has asked the law minister to appear before it on Friday.

Khurshid is expected to present his case by drawing the clause of the manifesto which states, ‘besides the 4 percent reservation for the minorities, a sub-quota will be provided for socially and economically backward minorities on the basis of their population.’
It is to be noted, Khurshid was pinning his hopes on the party manifesto and had repeatedly affirmed that he was presenting the view of the party and thus it must not be considered as code’s violation.

Meanwhile, the sources believe that Khurshid will not be able to defend himself in the light of the party manifesto and may face the ire of the Election Commission for his statement.