ECI Issues Notice to Himanta Biswa Sarma: Seeks Reply on Congress Complaint
GUWAHATI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a show-cause notice to Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday following a complaint filed by Congress.
Earlier, Congress has approached the ECI to take action against Sarma for allegedly threatening Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) president Hagrama Mohilary. BPF was an ally with Congress in this state assembly polls.
On Tuesday, All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said that Sarma threatened Mohilary by threatening to invoke NIA investigation on some alleged charges.
He alleged that Sarma has made a mockery of the democratic process by resorting to blatant threatening. Vallabh said, “When the model code of conduct (MCC) was in force, the administration including the police is under ECI then how can Sarma who himself is a candidate can threaten Mohilary? Moreover, if Sarma had evidence of Mohilary’s nexus with militants then why didn’t he reveal it? He should be arrested for not providing terrorists’ related information to the state. It is a clear case of blackmailing and threatening.”
Prior to it, Sarma while interacting with the media said that if Mohilary has encouraged militancy in the Bodoland area then he would be arrested and the state government was planning to hand over the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The Commission has asked Sarma to file his reply within Friday.