Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has backed Navjot Singh Sidhu's plea asking Muslim voters in Bihar's Purnia to unanimously vote to remove the PM Narendra Modi-led government.
The party's National Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said on Tuesday that he did not find Sidhu's comment objectionable.
"I don't find the comment objectionable. It is nothing in comparison to the examples (of MCC violations) that I have given about the BJP," he said.
While addressing a rally in Bihar's Purnia on Tuesday, Navjot Singh Sidhu made a call to the '64 per cent Muslim population' in the region asking them 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.
Minutes after stoking controversy by his communal appeal to Muslim voters, the Punjab minister informed the media that he has not received any notice from the Election Commission. He also justified his statement saying:
"Was not trying to divide anyone. Was only saying that Muslims need to unite against PM Modi who doesn't have their best interests at heart. I have not received any notice from Election Commission" .
Sdhu also received heat from AIMIM as he had attacked the party's chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
Owaisi hit back at the Congress leader accusing him of hypocrisy and also called the grand old party "spineless" for not making Sidhu pause for Azaan.
Polarising speeches, seeking votes on religious terms, has emerged significantly during the election campaigning for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, with top leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, SP leader Azam Khan and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi coming under the radar of the Election Commission.