NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar (Official Twitter Handle of NITI Ayog)

Election Commission Asks NITI Aayog Vice Chairman To Respond To Notice By April 2

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has been asked to furnish his reply to an Election Commission notice, issued for his remarks against the Congress over its minimum income guarantee promise, by April 2.

Official sources said Kumar had sought time till April 5 from the Election Commission to respond to the show cause notice as he was abroad.

The poll body, however, decided that he be asked to respond by April 2 evening. Earlier, Kumar was to respond by Thursday evening.

The NITI Aayog vice chairman had accused the Congress of promising "moon to win elections.”

In another tweet, Kumar claimed, "True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress president announces a scheme that will bust fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented."

Kumar is reported to have made similar remarks during an interview as well.

Sources in the poll panel said Kumar being a bureaucrat should not have made such political comments.