Arvind Kejriwal to cast vote in UP elections after initial refusal

Arvind Kejriwal to cast vote in UP elections after initial refusal

By: || Updated: 27 Feb 2012 09:33 PM

New Delhi: There
is often a difference between what people practice and what they preach
and this was proven by Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal who did not cast
his vote on Tuesday for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections citing flight
to Goa as an excuse. However polling had commenced at 7 am and Kejriwal's
flight was at 10:30 am. When his action made headlines in the media,
Kejriwal was forced to reconsider his decision and decided to return from
the airport to vote.

When STAR News asked Kejriwal why he was not casting his vote, the
anti-corruption crusader said there was a long line at the polling booth
and he would get delayed for the airport. When the STAR News
reporter informed him that there was hardly any rush at the booth,
Kejriwal chose to ignore the remark.

Shazia Ilmi, former news anchor and Lokpal activist admitted on STAR
that Kejriwal should have cast his vote or atleast registered
that he would not vote for any candidate and would surely realize his
action was incorrect.

Ironically Kejriwal is going to Goa as a
part of voters awareness drive ahead of the forthcoming assembly election
in the state. The Team Anna member seems to be courting controversy in
recent times.  On Sunday he raised a political storm by labelling MPs
“rapists, murderers and looters”, prompting the Rashtriya Janata Dal
to threaten a privilege notice against him in Parliament.

parties including the Congress and the BJP accused the social activist of
“arrogance” and claimed he had insulted and undermined Parliament, the
Constitution, democracy and the electorate. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
asked the Centre to arrest him on sedition charges.

Also Read: Samajwadi sweep, Congress begs to differ |   Sixth phase polling begins in UP's Jat land

Watch: Kejriwal
initially says he won't vote

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