Parrikar has ‘Kejriwal moment’; asks Goans to take money, vote for BJP

Union defence minister and former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar asked voters in Goa to accept money from any party but vote for the BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party for one has taken no lessons from Election Commissioner's ruling against Arvind Kejriwal's 'cash for vote' comment. This time around Union defence minister and former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar asked people to accept money from any party but vote for the BJP.

Parrikar told residents of Chimbel in Goa on Sunday that it was okay to accept Rs 500 from candidates to attend rallies, but they should cast votes for the BJP only.

Union defence minister and former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar

"If someone organises a rally and you take Rs 500 for moving around with them, it is not a problem. But when you vote, choose the lotus," Parrikar voters.

Arvind Kejriwal, in a public speech in Goa earlier this month, had asked people to accept money given by rival parties but vote for the Aam Aadmi Party. His comments had attracted censure by the Election Commission. Parrikar's statement comes on the same day as the EC's order for an FIR to be filed against Kejriwal.

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