During his Goa campaign Arvind Kejriwal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is controlling several institutions including the Election Commission of India (ECI). This statement against ECI came after Kejriwal was censured for violating the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct.
Angry at the ECI’s decision, Kejriwal said, “The EC actually waits for Modi’s speech in Lucknow to announce the dates (for polls)… their independence is under question,” said Arvind Kejriwal while speaking to Times of India. “Do you believe it’s a coincidence? They actually wanted to keep us engaged here (in Goa).”
“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.
Few days back, Election Commission of India censured him for violating the Model Code of Conduct, warning him of stern action in case of similar violations in future. ECI order read “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.”
Arvind Kejriwal has been deliberately and intentionally instigating the public to take bribes for voting. He did this in Delhi and also during Loksabha Election. He has just repeated it in Goa assembly elections.
Kejriwal has been repeatedly asking people to not to just accept Rs 5,000, but demand Rs 10,000 from politicians keen on offering them money, but vote for the AAP. Actually, when ECI questioned Kejriwal in this regard, he did not deny making the remarks and had maintained that he had neither offered any bribe to any elector nor enticed the voters to accept any pecuniary benefit from any person.
Kejriwal has termed the EC order as “illegal, unconstitutional and wrong” and is planning to challenge the order.