EC censures Arvind Kejriwal for bribe remarks at Goa rally

Written by January 21, 2017 16:10

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Election Commission on Saturday censured Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for violating the model code of conduct during his January 8 speech in Goa in which he asked voters to ‘take money from other parties if they offer but vote for the Aam Aadmi Party’.

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“In the Commission’s views the impugned statements fall within the ambit of abetment of an offense of bribery as defined in the Section 171 B of IPC and thus violative of MCC,” the poll panel said in its order.

“For the similar misconduct at the time of the General Election to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2015, the Commission had warned you to be careful in future and had also asked you to take note of stern action which may be taken against you under the electoral law in case of repeat violation of MCC,” it said.

Kejriwal had reportedly told the voters to take money from the BJP and the Congress but vote for Aam Aadmi Party in the assembly elections.

Reminding AAP supremo of his earlier promise that he will not make any such statement when MCC is in force, the panel said, “The Commission is anguished to note that you, Chief Minister of Delhi and a star campaigner of your party and thus expected to conduct in an exemplary manner in election campaigns in a law-abiding way for others to emulate, have again violated MCC breaking your assurance to ECI given during Legislative Assembly election of Delhi 2015.”

“The Election Commission hereby censures you for violating the aforesaid provisions of MCC. In case of similar violation of MCC in future, the Commission shall take stern action against you and your party, using all powers available to it,” the panel added.