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Will ensure rights of Muslims even if EC hangs me: Khurshid

Last updated on: February 11, 2012 15:33 IST

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Sticking to his stand on minorities, Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said he will ensure the rights of the Pasmanda Muslim community even if the Election Commission "hangs" him.

Addressing an election rally in Khatakpur locality on Friday night, the law minister said that the EC had censured him, but even if the "commission hangs me or does anything else", he will ensure that the people of Pasmanda community get their rights.

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"Can't I even say that Pasmanda Muslims will get their due," he said, adding that the Congress was set to hoist the tricolour in the state assembly after 22 years.

The commission had censured Khurshid for his remarks on sub-quota for minorities, finding them to be a violation of the model code of conduct for elections.

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Khurshid, while campaigning for his wife Louise, a Congress candidate from Farrukhabad assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh, had promised the electorate in January that the party would increase the sub-quota for minorities to nine per cent, out of the 27 per cent for Other Backward Classes reservation.

The EC order had come in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party's complaint about Khurshid's remarks, asking the commission to take action against him for violation of the model code of conduct.





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