Cocking a snook at the Election Commission after it censured him for asking voters in Goa to accept bribe from other parties but vote for AAP, a defiant Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that the poll panel allow him to repeat his comments as those were aimed at checking graft.
The Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor also suggested that he be made the EC's "brand ambassador" for his efforts to check bribery in polls. "By stopping me to say what I am saying, the Election Commission is not stopping corruption, but encouraging it. I hope you (the EC) will re-examine this. "Through this comment, I am trying to stop bribery. In fact, the Election Commission should make me its brand ambassador," Kejriwal said in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.
"I hope you (the EC) will review the issue and will allow me repeat my comments," he said, two days after he was censured by the Commission, which warned of strong action, including derecognition of AAP, if the Delhi chief minister repeated his comments.
BJP reacted strongly to Kejriwal's letter to the EC, saying it "denigrated" the poll watchdog and the entire election process.