1 min read.Updated: 22 Apr 2019, 11:25 PM ISTAnuja
Sidhu has been banned from campaigning for 72 hours for his controversial remarks which was seen in violation of the Model Code of Conduct
He will be barred from all forms of campaign including holding any public meetings, rallies, interviews and public utterances in any media
The Election Commission (EC) on Monday banned senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning for 72 hours for controversial remarks made by him which was seen in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
While addressing a poll rally in Bihar’s Katihar, the Punjab leader had said, “I will like to warn you Muslim brothers, they are dividing you by bringing people like Owaisi (AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi). They are raising a new party here, they want to divide and win."
EC “strongly condemned" the remarks and found his comments in violation of a tenet of MCC which says that no appeal should be made in the name of caste or religion to secure votes. In his address, Sidhu had added that in that area “minority is majority", a comment that EC took strict objection too.
Now, Sidhu will be barred from all forms of campaign including holding any public meetings, procession, rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in any media.