Guwahati: With the joining of official BPF candidate from Tamulpur LAC Rangja Khungur Basumatary has come into the limelight, Congress MP Manish Tewari on Thursday demanded the call records of Basumatary for the last 7 days be made public so that the people of Assam also get to know what coercion, intimidation or what proposal forced Basumatary to join hands with the BJP.
MP Tewari while addressing a press conference here at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati claimed that with each vote being cast in the second phase of polling in Assam, the BJP is hitting new lows.
“We had highlighted earlier as well as to how the BJP leaders are trying to blackmail and threaten our allies and their opponents in the midst of ongoing elections. In response to Himanta Biswa Sarma openly blackmailing and threatening Mr. Hagrama Mohilary of the BPF, the Election Commission has prima facie found him guilty of violating Clause (2) and (4) of the Model Code of Conduct. Even the Journalists Union of Assam condemned BJP’s tactics of derailing democracy. The Congress party has already demanded disqualification of Sarma from both contesting the Assam Assembly elections 2021 and a ban on him further campaigning in the state,” said MP Tewari.
MP Tiwari also claimed that neither BJP nor Himanta Biswa Sarma has any regard for democracy or the Election Commission.
“The chronology of the BJP’s sinister actions is clear- first they lie, then they intimidate opponents, then they blackmail but, in the end,- we win. With all the blackmailing and threatening, BJP is trying to win an election not by the people’s support but by breaking his opponents. This is the lowest level of democracy that the BJP can stoop to,” added MP Tewari.
Assam Congress further alleged that after openly blackmailing and threatening Hagrama Mohilary, Himanta has tried to break the opposition candidates ahead of the phase-III polls.
It is to be noted that Rangja Khungur Basumatary, a BPF candidate allegedly gone missing since last night, later joined the BJP in presence of Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Tamulpur on Thursday.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a tweet, mentioned that he had met Basumatary. “Official candidate of BPF and so-called congress led alliance from Tamulpur LAC, Sri Ram Das Basumatary met me a short while ago. He has expressed his desire to Join @BJP4India and retire from the election,” Himanta tweeted.
MP Tewari also mentioned that a delegation of Mahajot leaders will be meeting the Election Commission as soon as possible to request them for disqualification of Mr. Sarma from both contesting and further campaigning in the Assam Assembly elections 2021 and deferment of elections on the Tamulpur assembly constituency.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has already, prima facie, found Sarma guilty of violating the Model Code of Conduct in a separate matter.