Goa, January 30: In poll Goa, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar did an Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday when he told residents of a slum that it is okay to accept Rs 500 from candidates to attend political rallies, but cast votes for the BJP only.
“…I understand if someone organises a rally and you take Rs 500 for moving around with (the candidate), that is not a problem. But when you vote, choose the lotus (BJP’s poll symbol). This you must remember,” Parrikar told the corner meeting at Chimbel, a suburb of the state capital.
The advice from Parrikar came on a day when the Election Commission directed the state poll officials to file an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal for making a similar statement. Kejriwal, in his public speeches in Goa earlier this month, had asked people to accept money given by rival parties, but asked to cast vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.
“Will Election Commission dare take action against Parrikar… I urge PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) to allow Election Commission to act against Parrikar,” Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.