The Election Commission on Sunday issued a show cause notice to Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged remarks in Amethi that even if a single vote is cast in favour of Congress and BJP, then it will be "treachery against God and the country".
Noting that prima facie he violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Commission has given him time till May 13 evening to present his views on the matter failing which the poll body will take a decision without further reference to him.
Acting on a complaint by BJP, it said that addressing a public meeting on May 2 in Amethi, Kejriwal allegedly said, "If any person in Amethi votes for Congress, then don't feel bad (for the remarks) he will commit treachery against the country....Have I said something wrong...., am I saying too much....I once again say even if a single vote is cast to Congress or BJP then you will commit treachery against God and country."
The poll body has also provided him with a copy of the CD carrying his reported remarks.
"....The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the....statements you have violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct," the notice said.
The Commission reminded him of the provisions of the Model Code that there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes and all political parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are 'corrupt practices and offences under the election law.
It also reminded the former Delhi chief minister about section 171 C of lndian Penal Code dealing with any direct or indirect interference or attempt to interfere by any person with the free exercise of any electoral right.
Image: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal