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Pranab frowns at lalt39affaire Khurshid


Says people in high places should speak responsibly, and maintain decorum


In obvious disapproval of Law Minister Salman Khurshids spat with the Election Commission, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Mon

day said Congress has made it clear that ” people occupying posts of responsibility should speak responsibly”, reports PTI. ” Let me make it clear that this is not a party issue, though Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi has already made the partys stand clear that people occupying posts of responsibility should behave responsibly”, Mukherjee told a press conference here.

Asked whether the PMO, on receipt of the Election Commissions complaint forwarded by President Pratibha Patil, was likely to take action against Khurshid, Mukherjee said, ” the Prime Minister is seized of the matter. As and when any action is taken, it will be known to all people”. The Union Law Minister has been at the centre of a controversy that had erupted following his promise at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh that Congress would raise the sub- quota for the minorities if voted to power in the state.

The poll panel found his remarks violative of the code of conduct but Khurshid has stuck to his guns stating that he was ready to be hanged for fighting for the rights of the minorities, which prompted EC to write a strongly- worded letter to the President on the issue.