New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday barred Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Bishwa Sarma from campaigning immediately for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mahilari.
“… The Commission strongly condemns the unexpected statement made by Himanta Bishwa Sarma so far …
“The Commission … has banned him from having media (public meetings, public meetings, road shows, interviews and public statements in the media) about the 48-hour ongoing elections with immediate effect from April. 02 (Friday),” the order read.
The Congress had appealed to the EC for his remarks that Sarma would be sent to jail through the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) if he carried out “extremism” with rebel leader M Batha against Sarma.
The BJP, an ally of the Bodoland People’s Front in Assam, was earlier with the BJP.
On Thursday, the EC notice to Sarma quoted a copy of the speech delivered by the state electoral machinery.
“If Hagrama goes to extremes with Batha, he will go to jail. It’s straightforward. H Sarma’s statement becomes part of the notice.
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