Arvind Kejriwal denies violating Model Code of Conduct; says allegations leveled against him are malafide and motivated

New Delhi(PTI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal denied violating the Model Code of Conduct, saying the allegations levelled against him are malafide and motivated. Kejriwal said in a reply to a complaint filed by Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhay to the Election Commission.

On January 17, the Election Commission (EC) had sent a notice to Kejriwal for violating the Model Code of Conduct during a press conference, where he launched an attack on the BJP and its Delhi unit chief, Satish Upadhyay.

The former Delhi chief minister had alleged that Upadhyay owned 6000 shares in New Delhi Communication Network Ltd (NCNL) that provides services like installation and replacement of meters to power discoms. Kejriwal alleged Upadhyay and his wife had 2500 shares each in another company and Delhi BJP vice-president Ashish Sood was its former director.

In a reply to EC, he said, “It is respectfully submitted that the allegations levelled against me in the complaint are malafide and motivated. It is apparently a counter blast by the complainant and/or his Party to distract the people by diverting attention.”

Stating that I deny the allegations of the complainant in toto, Kejriwal added, “The information disseminated during the press conference was based on cogent and reliable material available in public domain and ground perception among the local public at large.”

“The allegation tacitly suggesting as if I have invented the information contained in these public documents and documents in public domain is untrue to the knowledge of the complainant. I deny each and every innuendo, allegation, imputation and attribution to me therein,” said Kejriwal.

Further mentioning that the press conference only raised questions to bring the actual situation to the knowledge of the general public, Kejriwal said, “The conflict of interest of the Complainant is patently obvious. The brouhaha by the complainant is a vain attempt to save face.”