Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora appeals to CEO Assam seeking stringent action against a candidate for Tamulpur LAC Ranja Khungur Basumatary and star campaigner for BJP and candidate for Jalukbari LAC Himanta Biswa Sarma over gross violation of the Election Commission of India’s Model Code of Conduct and several provisions of Representation of the People’s Act, 1951 including section 123.
Bora also urged the CEO Assam Nitin Khade to debarred and disqualify Himanta Biswa Sarma from contesting the state assembly elections accusing him of promoting and conspiring against Congress and grand alliance for making the ploy to take by the BPF candidate Ranja Khungur Basumatary to retire from the poll fight and to join BJP.
It is to be noted that Ranja Khungur Basumatary was to contest as a candidate of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and had also filed his nominations, but ahead of the third phase of elections in state, Basumatary declared that he has retired from contesting the election and joined the BJP party.
To which, Ripun Bora alleged that the joining of Basumatary in BJP party was subsequent to his meeting with Himanta Biswa Sarma and the same was also confirmed by Sarma earlier in a tweet.
Bora in his prayer to the CEO Assam had also appealed for countermanding of the whole election process for Tamulpur LAC, Assam.
Earlier on Saturday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized the Election Commission of India (ECI) for being ‘biased’ and relaxing its 48-hours campaigning ban on BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from 48 hours to 24 hours.
The relaxation came after Sarma tendered his unconditional apology before the Commission and prayed for reducing the period of debarment.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi sarcastically tweeted against the ECI saying, “Election “Commission”.”
The former Congress president has been critical over its handling of the ongoing assembly elections in four states and one UT, as per media reports.