Arvind Kejriwal defies EC, reiterates ‘bribe’ appeal

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New Delhi | Updated: January 28, 2015 10:04:36 AM

Despite Election Commission's warning to refrain from making such remarks, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal...

Despite Election Commission’s warning to refrain from making such remarks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has once again exhorted Delhiites to accept bribes from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress but vote for his party.

“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 today as the crowd responded in affirmation with claps and cheers.

The former Delhi chief minister had been issued notice by the Election Commission for making such remarks during rallies, stating 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.

“Each household of Delhi will be connected with a water pipeline and free wi-fi facility will be provided in the entire national capital,” he said.

On women’s security, Kejriwal promised that if voted to power, his government would provide a “security button” on the mobile phones of women which would let the police reach the crime venue within minutes during an emergency.

Attacking the Narendra Modi led BJP government, Kejriwal said the Centre is expert in making u-turns and that both BJP and Congress were hand in gloves with the power companies, a reason behind the high electricity rates.

The AAP leader had to take breaks in between his address a few times due to his cough and also because of technical snags, making it evident that he was campaigning hard in the run-up to the upcoming Delhi polls.

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