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ECI Bars BJP’s Star Campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma From Holding Rally, Interviews For next 48 Hours In Assam

Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that if Mohilary promotes insurgency with rebel leader M Batha, he will be sent to jail through the Central Investigation Agency NIA.

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party has suffered a major setback before voting for third phase in Assam. The Election Commission has imposed a 48-hour ban on the election campaign of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the senior BJP leader and the most powerful minister of the Assam government. Action has been taken against him in case of threatening and objectionable comments against Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) President Hagrama Mohilary. The Congress had complained to the Election Commission.

In the order barring Sarma from campaigning for the next 2 days, the poll panel said it strongly condemns the statements. “The Commission prohibits any of their public meetings, holding public processions, holding rallies, roadshows, interviews and making public statements in the media for 48 hours with immediate effect on April 2 (Friday),” the order said.

After the order, Sarma tweeted about the cancellation of his programmes for the next 48- hours.

 

The Congress had demanded action against Sarma. Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that if Mohilary promotes insurgency with rebel leader M Batha, he will be sent to jail through the Central Investigation Agency NIA. The Bodoland People’s Front is an ally of the Congress in Assam. Earlier this party was with BJP.

Two-phase polling has been held in Assam, while the third phase will be held on April 6 for 40 seats. In the first phase elections, on March 27, about 79.97 percent voters exercised their franchise in 47 seats, while in the second phase on Thursday, 39 seats were voted. The results will come on 2 May.

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