Himanta ‘Ban’ Relaxation: Priyanka Gandhi questions ECI’s ‘Neutrality’
Guwahati: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized the Election Commission of India (ECI) for being ‘biased’ for relaxing its 48-hour campaigning ban on the BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours.
On Saturday, the ECI relaxation came after Sarma tendered his unconditional apology before the Commission and prayed for reducing the period of debarment from poll campaigning from 48 hours to 24 hours.
Immediately, Sarma joined a poll rally in a roadshow on Saturday evening from Sonaram field to Lal Ganesh covering a 6 km distance in support of Ramendra Narayan Kalita, NDA candidate from west Guwahati Constituency.
Reacting to the development, Vadra took it to Twitter and said, “At the time when we were waiting for ECI’s strict action on the EVM controversy in Assam in which polled EVM was found in BJP candidate’s vehicle, Commission has taken a step that seems like it has torn away from the page of ‘neutrality’ from its rulebook.”
On Thursday, after the second phase of polls concluded, a polled EVM was found to be carried in a private vehicle of a BJP candidate
She questioned, “Under what circumstance, the ECI has to relax the ban on the leader who has given a threatening?”
On Friday, Sarma was barred from campaigning for 48 hours by the ECI over his comments on his rival Hagrama Mohilary, president of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) party which is in alliance with the Congress-led grand alliance.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) had complained before the ECI against Sarma for threatening Mohilary.