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Goa polls: EC issues notice to Arvind Kejriwal for ‘promoting’ bribery in election campaign

The Congress had earlier demanded an apology from Kejriwal for "insulting" the voters of the state by asking them to accept money offered by all political party, but vote for AAP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 16, 2017 8:22 pm
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The Election Commission on Monday issued a notice to Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal for violation of model code of conduct by allegedly promoting bribery during election campaign in Goa. Kejriwal, during his speech on January 8 in Goa had asked the voters to take money if offered by the Congress and the BJP, “but vote only for AAP”. The EC had asked Kejriwal to give an explanation by 1 pm on January 19.

“If Congress or BJP candidates offer money, do not refuse it. Accept it as it is your own money and there is nothing wrong in getting it back. If they do not offer money, go to their offices and ask for it. But, when it comes to voting, press the button against the name of the AAP candidate,” Kejriwal had while addressing an election rally in Benaulim constituency in Goa.

The Congress had earlier demanded an apology from Kejriwal for “insulting” the voters of the state by asking them to accept money offered by all political party, but vote for AAP.

Party spokesman in Goa, Trajano D’Mello had said, “Kejriwal’s appeal to the people to take money from all political parties and vote for AAP is a clear case of inducing people to be corrupt. This is an insult to sensitive voters from Goa. Therefore, he should apologise to the people from the state.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    If they dont accept theyll be marked can election comission guarantee safety we always on voting day carry voting card of goondaraj parties n vote for whom we wish smart thinking Election commision should put those who have a criminal case or cheats out of the political system
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      IML sood
      Jan 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm
      Question is how a simple notice can have any effect on this hardened anarcist Khujli. A jail term may set right his ego but that is also perhaps. He is a sin on Indian political field.
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        anando
        Jan 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm
        make up your mind buddy. you're appearing like laughing stock on international media.
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          Anand Jain
          Jan 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm
          If EC could clearly read in to Kejriwal's address, he was exposing the trend for gaining lt;br/gt;votes in exchange for money offered by other parties and rightly so it is public money that is being offered by the parties.lt;br/gt;Also, one may read that Kejriwal implies that voters may accept the money and slap parties by not voting for them. Thus teaching a lesson to parties who offer money for votes.lt;br/gt;He has merely exposed the custom of gaining votes. He is outspoken..
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            Pawar RS
            Jan 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm
            Time for this Koojliwal to say bye to this plaanet !!
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