New Delhi: In yet another setback for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission on Tuesday issued a stern warning to its chief Arvind Kejriwal in connection with his recent appeal to voters to accept bribe from other parties and vote for AAP in upcoming assembly polls.
As per reports, the apex poll body also directed Kejriwal to desist from making such speeches that violate the Model Code of Conduct.
“You (Arvind Kejriwal) are warned, Commission shall be constrained to take stern action against you in event of any further violation,” the Election Commission was quoted as saying by the ANI.
The poll panel had earlier issued several notices to Kejriwal for making controversial statement and violating the model code of conduct, which is in force in poll-bound Delhi.
Kejriwal had recently triggered a controversy by asking Delhiites to accept 'bribe' from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress but vote for his party – AAP.
"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 people on Monday as the crowd responded in affirmation with claps and cheers.
The Election Commission issued notice to the AAP chief for making such remarks during rallies, stating that it amounts to "abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery" under relevant sections of the Representation of People Act read with provisions of the IPC.
However, undeterred by such warnings, Kejriwal continued with his remarks as he held rallies in Jangpura and Kasturba Nagar constituencies and made a host of promises to people, which he said AAP would fulfill if voted to power.