New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over his alleged bribery remark during campaigning in Goa. The EC said the CD containing his remarks was not tampered with in any manner. The election body has asked the Defence Minister to file his final reply by February 9. Parrikar has maintained his words were misinterpreted.
On January 29, while addressing a gathering in North Goa, Parrikar had reportedly said: “Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000 We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase.”
“Today, take from anyone Rs 2,000 and vote for them There is no problem if somebody roams around by taking Rs 500 but just vote for the Lotus, he said in the speech which he spoke in Konkani.”