Guwahati: The Election Commission of India (ECI) barred BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, roadshows, interviews and public utterances in media in connection with the ongoing elections for 48 hours.
Based on the complaint received from the Indian National Congress (INC) alleging Himanta Biswa Sarma threatening Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) Chairman and Indian National Congress alliance partner Hagrama Mohilary of sending him to jail by misusing the Central Agency NIA, the Commission had obtained a full transcript of the statement Sarma through Chief Electoral Officer, Assam.
Considering the statement made by Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Commission found that the statement was in prima-facie, violation of provisions of Model Code of Conduct and accordingly, a notice was issued to him to explain his position by 5 pm on April 2, 2021.
Sarma however, denied the allegations in his reply.
Whereas, the Commission didn’t find the reply submitted by Sarma satisfactory and barred him from holding any public rallies, roadshows, interviews and public utterances with immediate effect from Friday onwards.