An FIR has been ordered by the Election Commission to be filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged remarks on January 8 in Goa.
The poll body also termed as insulting the AAP leader’s claim that the Commission is encouraging bribery by refraining him from uttering such statements.
Election Commission also demanded a compliance report in this regard by January 31.
During a rally on January 8 in Goa, Kejriwal said:
The order read, “The Commission is, prima-facie, of the opinion that by making the statements you have violated the above said provision of the Model Code of Conduct.”
It said the statements amount to abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery under the Section of 171B and 123(a) of the Representative of Peoples Act, 1951 and under the Section 171E of the Indian Penal Code 186.
However, Arvind Kejriwal remained defiant against the orders and said that the poll panel had failed in stopping corruption ahead of elections.
The Commission rejected his stand and recalled a similar warning issued to him during the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls for making similar statements.
His complaint was made by the state BJP unit which had complained to Goa’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
Goa will to polls on Feb 4 and this time the electoral battle will be triangular with the entry of Aam Aadmi Party. BJP too is trying hard to retain the state.