Another video has been accessed in which Punjab Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu can be seen openly seeking Muslim votes for the Congress party to defeat the BJP party in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
In the video, Sidhu, while addressing a rally in Bihar's Katihar as a part of the election campaign for fellow Congress leader, appealed the Muslim majority in the state to unitedly vote for the Congress party. Adding that there is 'divisive politics' taking place in the electoral discourse, he claimed that the 'people who divide the votes are not respected'.
"Politics of caste-creed is taking place. I know, divisive politics is taking place here. People who united get the respect, people who divide get the disrespect. I am here to speak to my Muslim brothers that this is one constituency where you are in the majority, even after being in minority. You have a majority in this constituency, and these people, who are carrying out conspiracies, will try to divide you, and your vote. If you people are united then the nobody can defeat Congress here," Sidhu said while addressing a rally in Bihar.
In the first video which was accessed, Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted Asaduddin Owaisi for seeking Muslim votes, after which he called out the '64 percent Muslim population' in the region to vote to remove the government-led by PM Modi.
"Muslim brother, people like Owaisi want to win by dividing the Muslim vote here. 64% is your (Muslim) population is in majority here and if you will get together and cast your votes, then Modi will be finished," said Sidhu in a public rally in Bihar on Tuesday.
The Election Commission on Tuesday imposed bans on the election campaigning of BSP supremo Mayawati and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi over asking for Muslim votes in their poll rallies.
The poll body issued a notice to Union Minister Maneka Gandhi over her polarising speech, imposing a 2-day ban on her campaigning. The senior BJP was speaking on Thursday in her rally when she made the despicable statement:
"I am winning for sure but if I win without the support of Muslims then I would feel really bad and when Muslims come to me for work then I feel there is no point of helping them as after all giving employment is a give-and-take and it is not that we are like Mahatma Gandhi as we continue to help them but don't win in the elections. Spread this message everywhere."
EC also issued a notice to Mayawati imposing 48-hour prohibition on her rallies and election campaigning taking cognisance of her remarks seeking Muslim votes.
"I want to tell the Muslim community to not let their votes divide. I ask you to vote together for BSP, SP and RLD," she had said.