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No move to take conduct code out of EC's purview: Khurshid

Tuesday - Feb 21, 2012, 04:09pm (GMT+5.5)
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New Delhi -  The government Tuesday denied any proposal by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption to take the model code of conduct out of the purview of the Election Commission  (EC).

"To my knowledge, there is no such thing on the agenda. As far as I understand, it was agreed that once the elections are over there will be an all-party consultation on the issue about  electoral reforms which are being pushed by the EC," Law Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters here.

"I can't talk about what is on the agenda of the poll reform meeting as we will come to know it once we get closer to that meeting. If the matter is raised by any political party or any leader,  then we will take it as and when during the course of meeting," he said.

Khurshid wondered what corruption had to do with the code of conduct.

"I am a little bit surprised what corruption has to do with the code of conduct. The code of conduct is about a larger area of election procedures and processes. Maybe, it has some  connection with governance or corruption but there is no core link with corruption," he said.

According to the law minister, corruption largely has to do with government decisions and how can it be influenced and manipulated and where there should be clarity or objectivity and that  is what the GoM on corruption is looking at.

Currently, the assembly elections are unfolding in five states.


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