Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on
Tuesday warned Muslims not to split their votes and instead defeat BJP by
voting against it unitedly.
His comments come in the wake of Election Commission’s
recent gag order on BSP chief Mayawati for similar remarks made at a rally in
Deoband, Uttar Pradesh.
“I am here to warn my Muslim brothers. They (BJP) are dividing you. By bringing people like (Asaduddin) Owaisi in here (Katihar), by making a new party stand for elections, they want to divide your vote for winning. If you people unite and vote unitedly then everything will overturn and Modi will be finished,” said Sidhu.
“This will be a sixer. Hit such a sixer that Modi is sent out of the boundary,” Sidhu added by invoking reference of cricket, a sport which he had retired from after playing in the national team.
Meanwhile, the BJP said it has approached the Election Commission against Sidhu. “We met Election Commission and made them aware of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s statement made at a rally in Katihar, earlier in the day,” Bihar BJP Vice President Devesh Kumar said. “They said they have seen the footage and have assured us that necessary action will be taken,” he said.
At a press conference in New Delhi Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also called out the cricketer-turned-politician for his polarising comments.
Earlier on April 11, Sidhu had slammed Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, saying that the country will get finished if he becomes the
Prime Minister for the second term. “If Modi comes to power for the second
term, then the country would be finished,” Sidhu had said.
Lok Sabha elections in Bihar are being held in all seven phases where grand alliance of . The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Taking note of their alleged objectionable statements in
speeches, Election Commission on Monday barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for 72 hours
and 48 hours respectively, for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The bar comes into force from 6 am on April 16.
Commission citing Article 324 of the Constitution has barred both Mayawati
and Yogi Adityanath from holding any public meetings, public processions,
public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media
(electronic, print and social media) in connection with the ongoing elections.
The EC took action after it issued show-cause notices to
both the leaders in the case of respective violation of MCC.
The Commission observed: “Mayawati in her impugned
speech, has appealed to secure votes on religious lines that tantamount to
violation of provisions of ‘General Conduct’ of “Model Code of Conduct,
for the guidance of political parties and candidates”. Mayawati made the
objectionable statements during the public rally on April 7 at Deoband,
While Yogi Adityanath made some objectionable statements
during a public rally at Meerut on April 9. EC said that the Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister has accepted using reference of “Hara
Virus” and “Bajrangbali” in his speech.
“Commission observes that being a senior leader, Adityanath should have desisted himself in making statements that have the undertone and propensity to polarize the election, which is not confined to the constituency only where the statement is made, but to the other parts as well due to dissemination of information in this digital age,” the EC said.
The Election Commission of India on Thursday directed Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi to ensure prohibition of political content being broadcast on NaMo TV, an app promoted by BJP IT Cell.
In a letter over the broadcast of
NaMo TV or Content TV, the Election Commission
has stated that ‘any political publicity content, being displayed on electronic
media without requisite certification from competent authority should be
removed immediately and any political content shall only be permitted strictly
in accordance with EC instructions in this regard’.
The ECI also cited that it has
been confirmed by the Delhi election commission that there content broadcasted
on NaMo TV/Content TV has not been pre-certified by the MCMC Committee of the
Delhi poll body.
“As NaMo TV/Content TV is
sponsored by a political party, all recorded programmes of political contents
displayed on the channel/platform would be covered under the purview of the
Commission’s Order” reads the
letter written by Election Commission to Delhi CEO.
Election Commission has directed
him to ensure implementation of the Commission’s instructions and to send a
compliance report immediately.
Earlier this month, Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) had written a letter to the poll body, asking whether permission
was granted to the recently launched 24-hour television channel NaMo TV after
the model code came into force.
The model code of conduct came
into effect on March 10 after the commission announced the schedule for the Lok
The election will be held in seven phases – from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.