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Case filed against Sidhu for vote split warning to Muslim voters; BJP approaches EC

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After leader, in on Tuesday warned Muslims not to split their votes and instead defeat BJP by voting against it unitedly, a case was filed against him for violating the code of conduct for elections. Meanwhile, BJP has approached the against the turned

Alleging that Asaduddin Owaisi's party AIMIM was fielded to divide votes of the Muslim community the the appealed to Muslims to remain united to defeat in the election.

A case has been filed against Sidhu in station.

Sidhu had said in a public meeting here," "I am here to warn my Muslim brothers. They (BJP) are dividing you. By bringing people like (Asaduddin) Owaisi in here, by making a new party stand for elections, they want to divide your vote for winning. If you people unite and vote unitedly then everything will overturn and Modi will be finished."

and of the (AIMIM) hit back at Sidhu stating that were no better than the BJP and had always resorted to fear-mongering to get Muslim votes across the country.

"Who were you (Sidhu) uniting while you were all those years in BJP? is still campaigning on the rotten program of "BJP ka darr". The fear is gone, we want justice now. Their leadership is so spineless that they couldn't get Sidhu to pause for Azaan(prayer call), what can we expect from them," said Owaisi.

AIMIM has fielded one candidate from Kishanganj,

Owaisi also said that though his party was new the Seemanchal's backwardness is old. "We will get rid of it" he said adding his party was contesting in to solve the age-old problems which hound the Seemanchal region, promising to work for people from all religious and caste backgrounds.

Meanwhile, the BJP said it has approached the against Sidhu.

"We met and made them aware of Navjot Singh Sidhu's statement made at a rally in Katihar, earlier today," said. "They said they have seen the footage and have assured us that necessary action will be taken," he said.

At a press conference in Ravi Shankar Prasad also called out the cricketer-turned-for his polarising comments.

"Dividing people on communal and caste lines is part of DNA of The way Congress today has made an appeal to minority voters in Katihar shows that," Prasad said.

elections in Bihar are being held in all seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 21:39 IST