30/01/2017 10:17 AM IST | Updated 30/01/2017 10:59 AM IST

Manohar Parrikar Asks Voters To Accept Money From Candidates To Attend Rallies

"When you vote, choose the lotus. This you must remember."

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PANAJI -- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar did an Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday when he told residents of a slum near here that it is okay to accept ₹500 from candidates to attend rallies, but they should cast votes for the BJP only.

"...I understand if someone organises a rally and you take ₹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.

His advice 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 give by rival parties, but vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.

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