New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued a show cause notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note

Citing a complaint by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker in Gujarat, the poll body’s notice reproduced excerpts of the speech in which the Congress star campaigner had described the prime minister as a ‘thief’ while addressing an election meeting on April 17 in Ahmedabad. Also Read - 'Global Pandemic Made us Realise Importance of Technology, Teamwork': PM Modi at Grand Challenges Meet

Reminding Sidhu of a provision in the model code that bars candidates and leaders from making personal remarks against rivals during electioneering, the Commission issued the notice on Tuesday. It asked the Congress leader to respond till May 2 evening, failing which a decision without further reference to him will be taken by the EC. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: 'Why should I not respect PM Modi, Only he Called me When my Father Was Admitted to ICU', Says Chirag Paswan

Earlier last month, the Election Commission had banned Sidhu from campaigning for 72 hours for controversial remarks made by him which was seen in violation of the poll code.

While addressing a poll rally in Bihar’s Katihar, the Punjab leader had stoked a controversy when he urged Muslim voters to vote en bloc and defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are ongoing in seven phases. The polling for four phases has been completed and remaining will be held on May 6, 12 and 19. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 23 across the country.