Sidhu repeats statement, violates MCC again

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 03, 2019, 09:29 AM

Congress leader and Punjab Minister of Tourism, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had been issued a show cause notice by the Election Commission a few days ago, for calling the Prime Minister a ‘thief’, has once again said the same thing which got him in trouble the last time. 
The complaint, which refers to Sidhu’s speech at a public meeting in Ahmedabad on April 17, was filed by BJP leader Neeraj, following which, the EC has asked the former cricket commentator to send a reply by Thursday evening. 
The former cricketer, at a rally in the constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, said that India had to fight against the British in the pre-independence period to gain freedom, but now we are forced to “fight against the corrupt people of our country”. He then added that “chowkidar chor hai”, hitting out at PM Modi, referring to the latter’s repeated claims that he is the ‘chowkidar’ of the country. 
Sidhu also added that Modi tries to increase his vote bank, by asking for votes in the name of security forces and dead bodies. 
Amethi is currently represented by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who has held the seat since 2004. Prior to him, 3 other members of his family- his mother Sonia Gandhi, father Rajiv Gandhi, and uncle Sanjay Gandhi- have contested from the seat and consequently represented it in the Lower House. The Congress President will be facing BJP leader and Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani, for the second time in these elections. Irani was defeated by a margin of over one lakh votes in the 2014 elections. Amethi goes to polls on May 06, in the fifth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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