New Delhi: Following his statement which caused quite a stir, Law Minister Salman Khurshid will finally appear before the Election Commission on January 19 to explain his stand on the alleged violation of model code of conduct with the announcement of sub-quota for Muslims.

The Union Minister in an election rally at Farrukhabad had reportedly said that sub-quota for Muslims would be doubled to 9 percent from 4.5 percent, following which the Bharatiya Janata Party lodged a complaint with the Election Commission. Acting on the complaint, the EC served notice to Khurshid seeking explanation.

However, clarifying his stand, Khurshid replied to the poll panel that he had merely uttered the word 'minority' and did not specify any caste or community and claimed that his statement did not directly violate any provisions contained in the poll code. Moreover, he termed the declaration as party’s decision.

The commission is likely to take its decision on the sub-quota row after hearing Khurshid’s explanation on the issue.

JPN/Bureau