New Delhi (17.09.2022): A group of retired bureaucrats has written to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar asking him to initiate proceedings to withdraw the recognition of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and cancel its party symbol for violation of the code of conduct by inducing public servants to work for his party in Gujarat. They sought action against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well.
A group of retired bureaucrats wrote to ECI over the matter citing a violation of section 1A of the election symbols (reservation and allotment) order by AAP. Whatever he (Kejriwal) spoke in Rajkot during a press conference was very wrong. We who believe in Constitution got disturbed. Such an unbalanced and controversial statement that too from a chief minister of a state (is not expected).
Canvassing is his right before elections. His appeal to drivers and conductors of public transport corporations and police personnel to work for a particular party is very wrong. Public servants are not supposed to canvass for a political party. There is a code of conduct and a public servant’s allegiance is with the Constitution of India. The precedent started by the Delhi CM is not good for democratic processes.
Former Karnataka Additional Chief Secretary M Madan Gopal stated that Arvind Kejriwal, who has himself been a government official, is much aware of the "Dos and Don`ts". He added that speaking irresponsibly in a press conference, even after being an ex-government official, is very wrong. Gopal said the irresponsible behaviour by the political parties during canvassing is not good.