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Monday, April 12, 2021

    Assam Polls: Himanta Biswa Sarma to reveal ‘Startling Facts’ before ECI

    The Commission is, prima facie, of the view that Sarma has violated the provisions of the MCC

    Assam Polls: Himanta Biswa Sarma to reveal ‘Startling Facts’ before ECI

    GUWAHATI: All eyes were fixed on senior Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s reply to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in response to the complaint by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in which the AICC complained against Sarma of violating the model code of conduct (MCC).

    On March 30, AICC lodged a complaint with the ECI that Sarma who himself was a candidate in the ongoing state assembly polls has threatened Congress’ ally and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary.

    Following the complaint and preliminary investigation, the ECI on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Sarma accusing him of violating the MCC and seeking a reply explaining his side within Friday evening.

    Admitting of receiving the notice, Sarma in a tweet said: “Received a notice from Election Commission of India upon a complaint by @INCIndia on the basis of a distorted news item from my reply to a media query on a serious issue on fresh militant activity in BTR … My formal response will unveil some startling facts on the issue.”

    Sarma had earlier while interacting with the media said that if Mohilary has found to be encouraging militancy in the Bodoland area then he would be arrested and the state government was planning to hand over an arms recovery case to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

    The ECI in its notice to Sarma said, “The Commission is, prima facie, of the view that Sarma has violated the provisions of the MCC. Now, therefore, the Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your position in making the statement before 5 pm of April 2, 2021, failing which the Commission shall take a decision without further reference to you.”

    Sarma though believed to have filed his response, was yet to share the details. He was attending multiple numbers of poll rallies in several lower Assam areas where poll was slated on April 6.

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