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Goa Court Summons AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal Over Alleged Election Code Violation

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Goa Court Summons AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal Over Alleged Election Code Violation

A court in Goa has summoned Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in an alleged case of violating the model code of conduct. The summons, issued by the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Mapusa, directs Kejriwal to appear before the court on November 29. The violation is registered under the Representation of the People Act and section 171 (E) of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to bribery.

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Summons Issued Amidst Active Campaigning

Kejriwal, who is also the Delhi Chief Minister, is being legally challenged at a time when his party is actively campaigning across various states in India, including Goa, seeking to expand its political presence. The AAP Goa chief, Amit Palekar, confirmed the receipt of the summons but expressed ignorance about the specifics of the criminal case against Kejriwal. Palekar revealed that they were informed of the summons just a day before Kejriwal's scheduled court appearance.

Alleged Violation of Election Code of Conduct

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The case against Kejriwal centers around the alleged disregard for the model code of conduct, a set of guidelines designed to ensure free and fair elections. The code stipulates a number of rules that political parties and candidates must adhere to during election campaigns. Penalties for violations range from warnings to disqualification and even annulment of election results.

AAP's Performance in Goa

The AAP has contested the Goa assembly elections twice - in 2017 and 2022. While it failed to win any seats in 2017, it managed to secure two seats in the 2022 elections. The summons presents a significant legal challenge for the party, which is already grappling with the task of establishing itself in a politically competitive landscape.

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