Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in his first reaction has distanced himself from party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's Muslim vote appeal in order to oust the Modi government.
In an interaction with the press, Captain Amarinder Singh has clarified stating that 'India is one country with many religions,' while the Congress bigwigs have maintained their silence.
He said, "See now this issue has reached the Election Commission, let us see what the decison. The fact is that we are one country and there are plenty of religions, castes and all of us are Indians, this is the attitude of Congress party.
While addressing a rally in Bihar's Purnia, Navjot Singh Sidhu also targeted Asaduddin Owaisi for seeking Muslim votes, after which he called out the '64 per cent 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 Purnia on Tuesday.
District authorities in Katihar have lodged an FIR against Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks in which he allegedly warned the Muslim community that efforts were on to divide their votes in Bihar.
The Model Code of Conduct currently in motion bars political leaders from making any communal comments during polls. However, polarising speeches, seeking votes on religious terms, have emerged significantly during the election campaigning for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, with top leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi coming under the radar of the Election Commission.
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