The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Election Commission for an action against Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who has appealed to people from a particular community to vote for his party in Bihar.
Stating that Congress was doing vote bank politics and was trying to divide the country on religious lines, a BJP delegation led by Union Minister J P Nadda met the Election Commission in New Delhi over the issue.
Talking to reporters, Nadda said the BJP also asked the poll body to review its decision of barring UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from poll campaigning for 72 hours.
The Chief Minister was only talking about his faith and did not seek vote on religious lines, said Nadda while asking the Election Commission to stop its voters’ awareness advertisement in Chhattisgarh using the phrase “your future is in your hand”.
He said the advertisement should be withdrawn as the hand is the symbol of Congress party which may mislead the voters.
Congress also approached the Election Commission on different issues, including reported objectionable comments made by BJP leaders.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in New Delhi that a party delegation also raised the issue of the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image on Railway tickets and asked for an immediate ban on it.
He said the delegation sought action on alleged communal remarks by top BJP leaders, including party’s national president Amit Shah.
CPI(M) has also approached Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his reported remarks on Sabarimala temple.
Party leader Nilotpal Basu has written to Chief Election Commissioner citing the Prime Minister’s remarks on Sabarimala temple in election rallies in Theni, Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru on 13 April.