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File FIR against Kejriwal for bribery remarks: Election Commission to Goa CEO

The election commission has directed the chief election officer of Goa to file an FIR against AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for violating the code of conduct.

assembly elections Updated: Jan 30, 2017 00:45 IST
Smriti Kak Ramachandran 
Smriti Kak Ramachandran 
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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AAP National convener Arvind Kejriwal addressing election rally in South Goa.(PTI Photo)

The election commission (EC) on Sunday directed the chief election officer (CEO) of Goa to file an FIR against AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for violating the model code of conduct (MCC).

At a rally in Goa earlier this month, Kejriwal had asked voters to accept money from other parties, but to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party. He was subsequently censured by the EC.

“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 EC order said.

The poll panel has asked the Goa CEO to file a compliance report by January 31.

Taking a stern view of the comments levelled against it by Kejriwal, the commission has found him guilty of violating the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The EC recalled that it had asked Kejriwal to refrain from making comments that violate the model code of conduct.

In his reply, the Delhi chief minister accused the poll panel of “encouraging bribery by refraining him from uttering such statements”.

“These submissions being baseless and scurrilous are totally unjustified in the light of the provisions of law on bribery and are not acceptable to the Commission,” the order said.

On January 20, the EC had censured Kejriwal and expected him to be more circumspect in public utterances during election time.

“He was also informed that the Commission shall take stern action against him and his party in case of similar violation of MCC by using all powers available to it, including action under Para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968,” the order said.

The AAP is making a major pitch for power in Punjab and Goa. Both states vote on February 4.

First Published: Jan 29, 2017 14:28 IST