Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: Twitter: Arvind Kejriwal)
Election Commission on Wednesday condemned Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal for his promise of mohalla clinics in court premises. The poll panel also warned Delhi CM to be more careful in future and exercise caution while making such public utterances and statements. "The Commission, hereby ... condemns the impugned statement," the poll panel said in an order. It found the reply of Kejriwal unsatisfactory and found the statement violative of the model code of conduct.
The Election Commission earlier issued a show cause notice to Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal for promising to set up mohalla clinics on court premises in the city at a time when the model code of conduct is in place. He has been asked to respond before 5.00 pm Friday.
A BJP leader had approached the Commission alleging that addressing members of the Delhi Bar Association on January 13, Kejriwal had said the government was ready to open mohalla clinics in bars and court premises provided space is allocated.
The Delhi Chief Electoral Office had confirmed that Kejriwal had “made a promise”. The notice referred to part VII of the Model Code dealing with party in power.
“The party in power...shall ensure that no cause is given for any complaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of its election campaign and sub-clause© of clause (vi) thereof provides that from the time elections are announced by the Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc,” the notice said.
The EC said it is of the opinion that Kejriwal has violated the Model Code provision by making the promise.