1. Take ‘bribes’ from BJP, Congress but vote for AAP: Arvind Kejriwal to Delhi voters

Take ‘bribes’ from BJP, Congress but vote for AAP: Arvind Kejriwal to Delhi voters

Arvind Kejriwal was today at the centre of a controversy when he asked voters in Delhi to take money offered by BJP and Congress but "fool" them by voting for AAP...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2015 12:42 AM
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AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal was at the centre of a controversy when he asked voters in Delhi to take money offered by BJP and Congress but “fool” them by voting for AAP. (PTI)

AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal was today at the centre of a controversy when he asked voters in Delhi to take money offered by BJP and Congress but “fool” them by voting for AAP in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, drawing sharp criticism from both the parties.

“It’s election time. When people both from BJP and Congress come offering money, don’t refuse, accept… some have looted money from 2G, some have looted money from coal scam.

“And if any party does not show up, go to its office and take the amount saying we were waiting but you didn’t come,” Kejriwal said amid cheers from the crowd.



The former Delhi Chief Minister was speaking at a rally at West Delhi’s Nawada area in support of AAP’s Uttam Nagar Assembly candidate Naresh Balyan.

“Take money from both the parties but vote for AAP. We will fool them this time. They have been deceiving us for the last 65 years. Now it’s our turn,” he said.

Reacting sharply, BJP lashed out at the AAP chief saying his comments amounted to questioning the authority of the Election Commission(EC) apart from being an affront to the voters.  

“He is essentially saying that voters accept money and alcohol. His comments also mean that the EC is not working properly as money and alcohol is getting distributed,” BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said.

Congress said that the party would seek legal opinion to approach the EC against Kejriwal for “insulting” the people of Delhi.

“Making such statements is illegal. It is like offering money to the people,” Ajay Maken, who is campaign committee chief of the party in Delhi, said.


Earlier, in his speech, Kejriwal took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that his Ramlila Maidan speech was a let down from which he had “high expectations”.

“I had high expectations from the Prime Minister’s Ramlila Maidan rally speech. But it was such a let down. He spent half the time branding me a Naxalite and criticising me for sitting in dharnas.

“This kind of politics is not good. Politics should rather be issued-based,” he said.

In an apparent reference to the recent religious conversion row and controversial remarks by certain BJP leaders and saffron outfits, the AAP supremo slammed BJP for “ditching” its electoral plank of development.

“They used to speak of development. But they have ditched development for (dharm parivartan) religious conversion. Now we also hear comments on Nathuram Godse’s temples, women wearing jeans,” Kejriwal said.

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  1. P
    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm
    Great comment. I have been seeing this from my childhood. They spent lot of money for election. From where they are getting. It's all our money. Rightly said take the money and vote the honest party AAP.
    1. C
      Jan 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm
      in last elections also he had uttered the same rubbish. if such person becomes delhi CM then god save delhi. tomorrow he may say to govt. employees take bribes but dont do the work. it is dangerous precedent that he is setting. delhi voter will and should reject him outright in elections.
      1. J
        Jan 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm
        How could one expect such a guy to be the CM of Delhi. This guy doesn't deserve to be a politician. He is good at dharnas and that is what he can do better by not fighting elections but by sitting at jantra mantra.
        1. Lal Das
          Jan 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm
          Kejriwal had not said anything wrong. many politician had said the same words before. But we as a Delhitie not believe that he is also playing same dirty politics as other party do.
          1. S
            Jan 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm
            Media is totally biased against Kejriwal. Everbody questions what he says but nobody seems to bother about the facts he is trying to underline. Election is money-game and BJP and Congress do distribute money, liquor etc. It is not an secret in this country
            1. S
              Jan 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm
              Well said Arvind Ji. It is only when u ventured in politics that bribing has reduced during elections. Otherwise it was a open compeion for BJP and Congress that who has more money and wines to distribute in these areas. Those who have only seen election on TV don't know the truth. Don't mind their ignorance. Just request them to find out the truth from earlier RWA presidents and Gen Secfretaries etc.
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                Vikas Sharma
                Jan 21, 2015 at 10:04 am
                It means AK has accepted the fact that corruption is in our veins
                1. Sankaranarayanan Doraswamy
                  Jan 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm
                  If he AK comes o power will he ask his sympathisers supporters and voters to do Dharna Hartal against BJP and Congress to get things done and also for their all benefitsa like quota education ry TA DA AAP party's fund etc. Good idea. Hope because of this he resigned post Of CM
                  1. R
                    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm
                    Typical weasel, this Kejriwal
                    1. T
                      Jan 19, 2015 at 9:36 am
                      Tu kitne paise legaaa election naa ladne ke ..jhuta khi ka... Mat lad..aur jeene de dilli ki janta ko... Nautanki mat kar.. Is baar khaasi nhi hori tujhe thandiyo mai...
                      1. S
                        Jan 19, 2015 at 2:07 am
                        Mr. kejriwal are you trying to say bribe is good.....with such comment you are trying to cultivate a culture of corruption
                        1. T
                          t p
                          Jan 19, 2015 at 8:45 am
                          "Take money from both the parties but vote for AAP" Very foolish statement from a person aspiring to be the CM. He should be jailed immediately to wipe out GUNDA-GARDEE from the politics. On one side PM is striving for developmental politics , the petty politicians are infusing the crime-mentality. *** Jai HIND ***
                          1. T
                            t p
                            Jan 20, 2015 at 11:37 am
                            Very mean statement. "take the money and vote the honest party AAP" The very foundation of the democracy / morality / Patriotism being jeopardised for the selfish.
                            1. Ashok Goyal
                              Jan 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm
                              Disgusting. If we provoke everybody to take bribe in such a way then after coming to power, Kejriwal may not provoke its leaders to accept bribe without fear which will create chain reaction and the evil will move down to the lane. He may provoke the countrymen to blackmail the honest by accusing the honest at the hands of electrorate as the electrorate will become dishonest.
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