Does poll panel take orders from Narendra Modi, asks Arvind Kejriwal
�The Election Commission hereby, censures you (Kejriwal) for violating the provisions of the MCC and expects you shall be more circumspect in your public utterances during election time,� said an EC order to Kejriwal.
After Election Commission of India (ECI) censured Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for violating the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief hit out at the poll panel, wondering if it was taking orders from the Prime Minister’s Office.
According to a report in Times of India, Kejriwal alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is controlling several institutions including poll panel.
“The EC actually waits for Modi’s speech in Lucknow to announce the dates (for polls)… their independence is under question,” said Arvind Kejriwal. “Do you believe it’s a coincidence? They actually wanted to keep us engaged here (in Goa),” the AAP chief alleged. Arvind Kejriwal accused PM Modi of deliberately interfering in activities of government institutes to suppress the opposition.
“Actually, during Modi’s tenure, he has compromised most institutions. RBI… CBI…CIC have become a joke. One of the information commissioners said show Modi’s degrees and he was transferred… (With the) new charge he got, he said show Smriti Irani’s degrees, again he was transferred. Is this the way you run a government?” asked Arvind Kejriwal.
He further claimed political victimisation on the questioning of Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia by the CBI and interrogation AAP’s CM candidate in Goa Elvis Gomes by the anti-corruption branch.
This comes after EC censured and warned him of stern action for violating the Model Code of Conduct. “The Election Commission hereby, censures you (Kejriwal) for violating the provisions of the MCC and expects you shall be more circumspect in your public utterances during election time,” said an EC order to Kejriwal.
He is said to have violated the Model Code by “deliberately and intentionally” instigating the public to take bribes for voting in Goa assembly elections on February 4. Speaking at four rallies in Goa on January 8, Kejriwal said people should not just accept Rs 5,000, but demand Rs 10,000 from politicians keen on offering them money, but vote for the AAP.
However, Kejriwal hasn't denied making the remarks in his reply but has maintained that he had neither offered any bribe to any elector nor enticed the voters to accept any pecuniary benefit from any person. The AAP chief termed “illegal, unconstitutional and wrong” the EC order censuring him and said, “I would be challenging the Election Commission’s order.”