‘Will EC dare to take action against Parrikar, Captain Amarinder?’, asks Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked the Election Commission if it will "dare" act against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Congress leader Amarinder Singh for asking voters to accept money to attend rallies.
‘Will EC dare to take action against Parrikar,... Source: PTI
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 30 Jan 2017, 02:40 PM IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked the Election Commission if it will "dare" act against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Congress leader Amarinder Singh for asking voters to accept money to attend rallies.

Kejriwal's remarks came a day after Parrikar asked voters in Goa to accept money for attending rallies but vote only for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In Lambi constituency in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate, also reportedly told people that it was okay to accept money if offered by any party "but vote for the Congress".

"Will Election Commission dare take action against Parrikar... I urge PMO (Prime Minister's Office) to allow Election Commission to act against Parrikar," Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.

Kejriwal had earlier alleged that the poll panel was acting on the directions of the PMO.

"Will Election Commission register an FIR against Captain? Or should I say, would Election Commission be granted permission by the PMO to act in this case," the Aam Aadmi Party leader asked.

The Election Commission on Sunday pulled up Kejriwal and told Goa officials to file an FIR against him for telling voters to take money from other political parties but vote for the AAP.

"Being Chief Minister of Delhi and a star campaigner of AAP in Goa, he is expected to conduct in an exemplary manner in election campaigns in a law abiding manner so as to be a role model for others to emulate but he has on several occasions again violated provisions of MCC by breaking his assurance to EC... 

"The Commission directs that necessary legal action be initiated by filing an FIR/complaint against Arvind Kejriwal for the statements...compliance report in this regard should be sent to the Commission latest by 3.00 PM on January 31," the poll panel said.

 

The Commission recalled that it has censured Kejriwal for violating the provisions of MCC and expected him to be more circumspect in public utterances during election time.

 
 
 

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