New Delhi: Giving some relief to the Union Law Minister Salman Khursid, the Election Commission has now decided not to take any further action against the minister in the incident regarding violation of the model code of conduct. The EC’s step came just after Khurshid sought to cap the stand-off with the poll body over his Muslim sub-quota remarks.

Sending across a message, the EC said, “It is advised that all the contending parties and election campaigners, particularly those holding public offices to be extremely careful, so that a situation, as in this case of violation of the model code, does not recur.”

Maintaining its stand that Khurshid had violated the model code of conduct by his Muslim sub-quota remarks, the EC expressed its satisfaction on Khurshid’s explanation who has assured that such an incident would not happen again.

In the letter written to Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi late on Monday evening, Khurshid said the controversy created by his remarks was ‘unintentional.’

Soon, the EC will apprise the President and the minister of its decision to cap the stand-off, sources said.

Significantly, even after the EC's censure, the Law Minister while addressing an election rally in Farrukhabad in UP had said that he would continue to fight for Muslims sub-quota even ‘if they (EC) hang me’.

Taking note of the incident, the EC in a letter had complained about the minister to the President. The matter further worsened when President Pratibha Singh Patil sent the EC’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to take appropriate action.

(JPN/ Bureau)