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Election Commission issues notice to Akhilesh Yadav for bribery remark
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav received a notice from the Election Commission of India (EC) for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with his 'bribery' remarks. He has been asked to reply to the notice by 7th of March as to why the Commission should not take action against him.

On March 4th, during an election rally, Akhilesh had allegedly asked the public, who were allegedly being offered money in exchange for votes, to take money from the rival candidate but vote for his party.

"I heard that voters are being given money. My advice to you is to keep the money with yourself and vote for the bicycle," Akhilesh had said an election rally at Gyanpur in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, the EC has issued notices to Manohar Parrikar and Arvind Kejriwal as well.

Speaking at Chimbel on January 29, Parrikar had said that he had no problem with people accepting money from other parties to attend their rallies, but they should vote for "lotus".

In case of the Delhi CM, the Commission had summoned him for 'deliberately instigating' the public to accept bribes.

Speaking at an election rally in Goa, Kejriwal had said, "Friends now that time for elections are approaching, someone from BJP and Congress will come and distribute money, in fact I heard that it has already started. But don't refuse it. Take the money. It is our money that they have plundered from us for ages. And take new notes, don't take the old ones. And one more thing, don't accept Rs 5,000; instead demand for Rs 10,000 citing inflation."

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