Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president and Union agricultural minister Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday he regrets suggesting people should vote at two places in the coming general election, claiming his remarks were made in a lighter vein with a “tinge of satire."

In a response sent to an Election Commission notice on Wednesday, Pawar urged the body to help end the “unnecessary controversy" over his remarks, made on Sunday.

Pawar, while addressing Mathadi workers (head loaders) in Navi Mumbai who are mostly from Satara district of Maharashtra, had suggested they take advantage of different polling dates in Satara and Mumbai and cast their votes at both places.

He also asked them to erase the indelible ink that is put on the index finger of a voter.

The EC sent him a notice after complaints by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

PTI contributed to the story

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