Assam polls: EC bars BJP leader Himanta Biswa from campaigning for 48 hours | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Friday barred Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for ongoing Assam elections for 48 hours.
The action by the Election Commission was taken over Sarma’s objectionable remarks against Hagrama Mohilary, Bodoland People’s Front Chairperson.
The poll body on Thursday issued a notice to the ‘star campaigner’ for allegedly threatening the chairman of Bodoland People’s Front, Congress’s alliance partner in Assam, that he will be sent to jail through Central investigation agency NIA.
The notice mentioned that EC was, prima facie, of the view that Sarma’s remarks violated the provision of the model code that require criticism of political parties to be limited to their policies and programmes and not extend to aspects of private life of their leaders.
Cited another provision, the Commission stated that “all parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are corrupt practices and offences under the election law”, including bribing and intimidation of voters.
The Congress had earlier complained to EC alleging that Sarma had not only openly threatened BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary with arrest by “misusing” NIA but also that he had tried to influence voters not to vote for the INC alliance.

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