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Tariq Anwar disapproves of Sidhu urging Muslims to vote for

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Senior Tariq Anwar on Wednesday disapproved of Navjot Singh Sidhus appeal to Muslims to defeat BJP and said he would have stopped the from doing so had he been present at the rally held in his constituency of

"I have always held the view that votes must never be sought in the name of religion and caste. This has also been the policy of the party. I do not approve of what Sidhu has uttered. I would request the party leadership to take note for suitable action," Anwar said in a statement.

Sidhu, against whom an FIR has been lodged at in for violating the model code of conduct, made the controversial statement at a rally in station area of the district on Monday.

The matter came to light when video footage of his utterances were beamed on TV channels on Tuesday wherein he could be heard asking Muslims, who have a sizeable presence in Katihar, to be wary of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM alleging that it was being propped up by the BJP.

Sidhu also urged the Muslim voters to unite in favor of the candidate and drawing an analogy from cricket, remarked Modi will go for a six if you do so.

I was not present at the Barsoi rally. Had I been there, I would have immediately stood up and expressed my disapproval of the way he was canvassing for me, Anwar clarified in his statement.

The episode in came close on the heels of the taking punitive action against leaders like Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati and stalwart for violating the code of conduct in their speeches at election rallies.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 15:25 IST