Accept bribes from BJP, Congress but vote for AAP, Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhi

New Delhi: AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday kicked up a controversy by asking voters in Delhi to take "bribes" from BJP and Congress but to vote for AAP in the upcoming Delhi Assembly election.

He asked the voters to "fool" BJP and Congress by voting for AAP even after accepting "bribe money" from them while accusing the parties of "deceiving" the people for years.

 Accept bribes from BJP, Congress but vote for AAP, Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

"It's election time. When people both from BJP and Congress come offering money, don't refuse, accept... some have looted money from 2G, some have looted money from coal scam.

"And if any party does not show up, go to its office and take the amount saying we were waiting but you didn't come," Kejriwal said amid cheers from the crowd.

The former Delhi Chief Minister was speaking at a rally at West Delhi's Nawada area in support of AAP's Uttam Nagar Assembly candidate Naresh Balyan.

"Take money from both the parties but vote for AAP. We will fool them this time. They have been deceiving us for the last 65 years. Now it's our turn," he said.

Kejriwal also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his Ramlila Maidan speech was a let down from which he had "high expectations".

"I had high expectations from the Prime Minister's Ramlila Maidan rally speech. But it such a let down. He spent half the time branding me a Naxalite and criticising me for sitting in dharnas.

"This kind of politics is not good. Politics should rather be issued based," he said.

In an apparent reference to the recent religious conversion row and controversial remarks by certain BJP
leaders and saffron outfits, the AAP supremo slammed BJP for "ditching" its electoral plank of development.

"They used to speak of development. But they have ditched development for (dharm parivartan) religious conversion. Now we also hear comments on Nathuram Godese's temples, women wearing jeans," Kejriwal said.

Congress today demanded that AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal should seek an apology from the people of Delhi for his controversial remark asking voters to take "bribes" from BJP and Congress but vote for AAP in the Assembly polls.

AICC General Secretary Ajay Maken told reporters that the party would seek legal opinion to approach the Election Commission against Kejriwal for "insulting" the people of Delhi.

"Making such statements is illegal. It is like offering money to the people," Maken, who is campaign committee chief of the party in Delhi, said.

The Congress leader said that AAP was much ahead than its rivals in putting up posters and giant hoardings as also round-the-clock advertisements on the FM radio.

"This all has happened not through love and respect of AAP but because of the party shelling out lot of money for the purpose", he said, taking a dig at AAP.

PTI

Updated Date: Jan 19, 2015 07:08:51 IST