Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has decided to move the High Court after the Assembly polls challenging the Election Commission’s order directing him to desist from commenting on the issue of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress allegedly distributing money to voters.
“We will move the High Court against the Election Commission (EC) after the election. But, at the moment, we will fully respect the EC order,” an AAP spokesperson said.
Taking “serious note” of Kejriwal’s repeated remarks asking voters to accept bribe from Congress and BJP but vote for his party, the Election Commission had on Tuesday directed him to desist from making such comments in future and warned of stern action in case of any violation.
A senior AAP functionary said the party will approach the HC because it believes his comments “were in the same spirit of the crusade against corruption waged by the party”.
Following the warning by the Election Commission, the AAP leader has stopped making controversial comments at his poll rallies.
The EC order had come in response to separate complaints made by BJP and Congress against the AAP Convener.
The commission had said the model code envisages that parties and candidates participating in the electoral process shall “avoid scrupulously all activities which are corrupt practices and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters….”
It had on on January 23 censured Kejriwal for alleging that BJP incited communal violence in Delhi.