The Election Commission has asked Union minister Nitin Gadkari to explain his remark allegedly suggesting that people in Maharashtra accept bribes for votes. The EC sent a notice to the Roads, Transport and Highways Minister for violating the model code of conduct and asked him to explain his stand by 5 pm on October 8.
The action follows a report from the District Election Officer and District Magistrate of Latur, who said that while addressing a meeting at Nilenga constituency in Latur on October 5, Gadkari made “statements to suggesting that voters take a bribe”. A copy of the video has been sent to the EC.
“I have some skill of predicting the future by way of face reading. You have an opportunity of ‘Laxmi darshan’ in next 10 days,” Gadkari had allegedly told the poll rally.
“Special people will get foreign made, ordinary people will get local brand… In these days of inflation… eat what you wish and drink what you desire… This is the time when illegally earned money can go to poor. Do not say no to ‘Laxmi’. But think while you vote. Your vote should be for development of Maharashtra,” Gadkari allegedly added.