Did not violate poll code: Beni Prasad to EC

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Mar 02, 2012 at 02:38pm IST

New Delhi: Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma has written to the Election Commission saying he did not violate the poll code. The Election Commission had asked Verma to explain his minority sub-quota remarks during a rally in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress leader is believed to have said that he was only talking about his party's manifesto.

BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain, who had complained to the EC, were present as well.

Did not violate poll code: Beni Prasad to EC

The EC had asked Verma to explain his minority sub-quota remarks during a rally in Farrukhabad.

While addressing a poll rally in Farukkhabad in the presence of Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Beni had said, "Reservation for Muslims will be increased and if the EC wants, it can now issue a notice to me."

The Election Commission had earlier also put a lid on the standoff with Law and Minorities Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid after he expressed regrets over his "defiance" of the poll body over his remarks on sub-quota for minorities in government jobs in Uttar Pradesh.

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