Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has again accused the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress of teaming up against him after the Election Commission sent a notice to the AAP leader on violating Model Code of Conduct for the upcoming Delhi polls.
The EC issued a notice, based on a complaint filed by BJP leader Harish Khurana, to Kejriwal accusing him of appealing on grounds of religion to Muslim voters in the union territory to support AAP during the Delhi Assembly elections.
Kejriwal-led AAP had distributed pamphlets that said, "Delhi's Muslims should support Aam Aadmi Party in the forthcoming polls. That pamphlet talks about uniting Hindus, Muslims, Sikh and Christians."
"Now, interestingly, that pamphlet attacks the policies of Congress. It talks about how Congress has used Muslims as their vote bank. This nation's Muslim has voted for Congress for several years and what has the party given them? Poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy? However, who complained to the EC? It was the BJP," he told ANI.
"The setting between the two parties (BJP and Congress) has become evident again and again. If the Congress has filed a complaint, it is because, and I can understand, we have rattled their party. Congress writes and BJP goes to file the complaint. So, I am stressing again and again that the BJP and the Congress meet every night in a closed room and make joint strategies," he added.
However, the pamphlet also carried statements against the nationalist party - BJP. "BJP is a communal party. Till now the Muslims did not have any alternative, but now they have an honest alternative in the form of AAP," the pamphlet said.
The AAP convenor also assured that he would make the EC understand the grounds on which the pamphlet carried the statements that it did.
The EC has asked Kejriwal to reply to the notice by 11 am on 25 November. Kejriwal has been found guilty by the EC of violating sub para (3) of Para I of the MCC, according to which, "there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings, for securing votes...mosques, churches, temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda."
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