Kejriwal defies EC warning, reiterates ‘bribe’ appeal at rallies

“Do the BJP and Congress come to you with money? If they do, don’t say no to them. Take the money. I know they are distributing blankets and sacks of rice as well. Take all of that, but reject liquor as it destroys families,” Kejriwal told a large clapping and cheering crowd.

delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2015 10:54 IST
Hindustan Times
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, despite the Election Commission’s warning — again exhorted Delhiites to accept bribes from the BJP and Congress but vote for his party on Monday.

“Do the BJP and Congress come to you with money? If they do, don’t say no to them. Take the money. I know they are distributing blankets and sacks of rice as well. Take all of that, but reject liquor as it destroys families,” Kejriwal told a large clapping and cheering crowd.

The former Delhi chief minister had been issued a notice by the Election Commission which stated that such remarks amounted to “abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery” under relevant sections of the Representation of People Act read with provisions of the IPC.

However, Kejriwal continued with his jibes at rallies held in Jangpura and Kasturba Nagar constituencies and made a host of promises to people, which he said AAP would fulfill if voted to power.

“Each household of Delhi will be connected with a water pipeline and free wi-fi facility will be provided in the entire National Capital,” he said.

On women’s security, Kejriwal promised that if voted to power, his government would provide a “security button” on mobile phones of women which would let the police reach the crime venue within minutes in case of an emergency.

Attacking the Narendra Modi led BJP government, Kejriwal said the Centre is expert in making u-turns and that both BJP and Congress were hand in gloves with the power companies.

First Published: Jan 27, 2015 10:49 IST