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Be More Careful While Making Statements, EC Warns Manohar Parrikar Over Bribe Remark In Goa

"Your statements violate said norms."

16/02/2017 7:15 PM IST | Updated 16/02/2017 7:21 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday advised Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to be more careful while making statements in future over his bribe remark during a rally in Goa.

"Your statements violate said norms, we advise you to be more careful and circumspect in future," said Election Commission to Parrikar.

Earlier on 7 February, the Election Commission had issued a show cause notice to Parrikar over the same, seeking his reply by 9 February.

Parrikar, in a rally in Goa's Chimbel on 29 January allegedly incited people to accept bribes from other parties but vote in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"If someone takes out a rally tomorrow and you take ₹500-600 to go with him, there is nothing wrong in that. But make sure, you vote only for the lotus (BJP symbol)," he said.

Goa Forward Party had filed a complaint with state Chief Electoral Office, claiming Parrikar violated the model code of conduct by making such statement, saying that if action was taken against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who made a similar statement a few days back, Parrikar should also not be spared.

Parrikar, however, reportedly shunned the accusation of violating model code of conduct.

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