UP Elections: EC issues show cause notice to Akhilesh Yadav for “Take bribe, but vote for SP” remarks

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 9:48 PM

"I (have) heard that voters are being given money. My advice to you is to keep the money with yourself and vote for the bicycle," Akhilesh had said.

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The Election Commission on Monday issued a showcause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for violating the Model Code of Conduct during an election rally on March 4. Akhilesh has been asked to explain latest by 5 pm, 7th March. While addressing a campaign rally in UP’s Bhadohi, Yadav had asked voters to accept money from other parties but to cast their ballot for the Samajwadi Party. “I (have) heard that voters are being given money. My advice to you is to keep the money with yourself and vote for the bicycle,” Akhilesh had said. Raising objections over the remarks, the BJP, which is taking on the SP government in the state, had approached the Election Commission.

Prime facie finding him guilty of violating the model code, the Commission asked him to respond by March 7 as to why action should not be taken against him. According to the Commission’s notice, Yadav had asked voters to accept money from other parties, but vote for the ‘bicycle’ symbol of the ruling Samajwadi Party.  “I (have) heard that voters are being given money. My advice to you is to keep the money with yourself and vote for the bicycle,” Akhilesh had said.  The poll watchdog reminded him that bribery and abetment of bribery of voters is a penal offence. Previously, Arvind Kejriwal and Manohar Parrikar have been served the notices from Election Commission over bribery remarks.

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Earlier, Parrikar landed 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 had 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.”

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