EC censures AAP, Arvind Kejriwal for bribe remarks at Goa rally
AAP, Arvind Kejriwal Censured: The Election Commission of India censured Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party for violating the Model Code of Conduct on Saturday. Arvind Kejriwal at a rally in Goa had said on January 8, he had asked the voters to take money if offered by the Congress and the BJP, “but vote only for AAP”. The Election Commission said if he ever violates the model code, stern action would be taken against him and his party that might include suspension or withdrawal of recognition to AAP.
In the letter issued by the Election is as follows "Now therefore, the Election Commission hereby, Censures you for violating the aforesaid provisions of MCC and esperts that you shall be more circumspect in your public utterances during election time. You may also note that in case of similar violation of MCC in future, the Commission shall take stern action against you and your party, using all power available to it including action under Para 16 A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968."
Para 16A gives the poll panel power to suspend or withdraw recognition of a political party for its failure to observe Model Code of Conduct or follow lawful directions and instructions of the Election Commission.
The show cause issue against kejriwal on January 16, the Commission had quoted him as saying at an election rally that if Congress and BJP shall come to distribute money. People should accept it in new currency and ask for Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 5,000 keeping in mind the inflation. He had said that the vote should go to AAP.
Kejriwal said on the EC, that it is wrong and he will challenge it in the court.
"EC order against me completely wrong. Lower court gave order in my favor. EC ignored court's order. Will challenge EC's latest order in court," Kejriwal tweeted.