Kejriwal defies EC censure on bribe comments

Kejriwal defies EC censure on bribe comments

A defiant Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refused to accept the censure of the Election Commission (EC) for his speech at a Goa rally, asking voters to accept money if it was offered — but vote for his party.

Kejriwal demanded that the poll panel allow him to repeat his comments as those were aimed at checking graft. He also suggested that he be made the EC’s brand ambassador for his efforts to check bribery in elections.

On January 21, the EC censured Kejriwal for his remarks  made at a poll rally in Goa, saying that “if he continues to violate the model code, stern action would be taken against him and his party, including suspension or withdrawal of recognition to the Aam Aadmi Party.”

“By stopping me to say what I am saying, the EC is not stopping corruption, but encouraging it. I hope you (the EC) will re-examine this. Through this comment, I am trying to stop bribery. In fact, the EC should make me its brand ambassador,” Kejriwal said.

“I hope you (the EC) will review the issue and will allow me to repeat my comments,” he said.

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