Election Commission issues notice to Navjot Singh Sidhu, seeks explanation within 24 hours for his remarks during Katihar rally: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday issued a notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks wherein he had urged Muslims to do not split votes and ensure BJP’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. The poll panel has sought an explanation from Punjab Congress minister with 24 hours for violating the Model Code of Conduct.
Addressing an election rally in Bihar’s Katihar, the cricketer-turned-politician stoked a controversy by urging Muslims to vote for the Congres en bloc and defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Election Commission of India has issued a notice to Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu seeking an explanation within 24 hours for his remarks 'urging Muslims to not split votes,' made during a rally on 16 April in Katihar, Bihar. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/n2CT5VR3VO
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Asking Muslims that they form 64 per cent in Katihar and they are not in a minority, Sidhu said that Muslims need to come out and vote for the Congress. Reacting to Sidhu’s speech, the BJP accused him of dividing people on communal lines. The saffron party also appealed the EC to take suo moto cognizance and strict action against Sidhu.
Earlier, the poll panel has taken an action against big guns in the country. The EC barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from election campaign for comparing Lok Sabha polls with a contest between Ali and Bajrangbali. Addressing a rally in Meerut, BJP leader said that if SP-BSP trust Ali, the BJP has the support of Hanuman.
He was apparently responding to the comments of BSP supremo Mayawati who asked Muslims to not get their votes split by voting for the Congress. The EC barred Mayawati from the poll campaign.
It was followed by ECs whip on BJP leader Maneka Gandhi who warned Muslims to vote for her, or she would not work for them.
The poll panel also took action against senior SP leader and Rampur candidate Azam Khan for making underwear remark at Jaya Prada. Addressing a rally in Rampur, Khan said that people of the country took 17 years to understand BJP parliamentarian but he realised only in 17 days that she is wearing a khaki underwear.