Bribe for vote jibe: EC hits back at Manohar Parrikar, seeks reply by February 9

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New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2017 4:36:42 PM

Union Defence Minister Mohahar Parrikar is in trouble over his alleged 'cash for vote' remark during a public rally ahead of just concluded polling process in Goa.

manohar parrikar, election commission, ec, parrikar, aap, arvind kejriwal, goa assembly elections 2017, goa election Manohar Parrikar was the second high-profile leader after AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, who was issued a notice, and censored, later for making similar remarks. (PTI)

Union Defence Minister Mohahar Parrikar is in trouble over his alleged ‘cash for vote’ remark during a public rally ahead of just concluded polling process in Goa. The Election Commission of India on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Parrikar in the regard and sought his reply by February 9.

Addressing supporters during a rally in North Goa on January 29, Parrikar had allegedly said in Konkani language, “…Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000… We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase.” “Today, take from anyone Rs 2,000 and vote for them… There is no problem if somebody roams around by taking Rs 500 but just vote for the Lotus.”

The EC took note of the remarks and issued him a notice for instigating the voters on February 2. In his defence, Parrikar had claimed his speech was wrongly translated. However, the poll panel is not convinced by Parrikar’s clarification and issued him another notice today.

In the notice, the EC also said that the CD of his speech was not doctored.

Parrikar was the second high-profile leader after AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, who was issued a notice, and censored, later for making similar remarks.

In its February 2 notice to Parrikar, EC told Parrikar that he had “intentionally instigated the public to take the bribe for voting and abetted the offence during the electoral process.”

The complaint against Parrikar was filed by the Goa Forward Party. Polling in Goa concluded on February 4.

BJP has hinted on several occasions that Parrikar, or some other central leader from the state would be asked to lead. In his speech in Goa, PM Modi had heaped praise on Parrikar for his role as a strong Defence Minister and for leading Goa successfully before moving to the Centre.

Parrikar often remains in controversy because of his remarks. He is now expected to participate in BJP’s political campaign for the upcoming 7-phase assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

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