Election Commission's notice to CM Akhilesh over bribery remark
Akhilesh Yadav is the President of Samajwadi Party and the 20th Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Photograph: (Others)
After Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defense minister Manohar Parrikar, it is now the turn of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to face the ire of the Election Commission.
The Samajwadi Party supremo was today served with a showcase notice for reportedly asking voters in Bhadhoi on March 4 to accept money but vote for the cycle, his party's election symbol.
Finding him guilty of violating the model code of conduct, the Election Commission asked him to respond by March 7 as to why action should not be taken against him.
"I (have) heard that voters are being given money. My advice to you is to keep the money for yourself and vote for the bicycle," CM Akhilesh had said.
The poll election watchdog reminded him that bribery and abetment of bribery of voters is a penal offence.