The Assam Tribune

Cong moves EC against Sarma for misconduct in bypoll campaign

- A CORRESPOND­ENT

NEW DELHI, Oct 26: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Tuesday met Election Commission­er of India (ECI) Anup Chandra Pandey and registered a formal complaint against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for allegedly committing corrupt practices and gross misconduct during the ongoing election campaign in Assam.

A four-member AICC delegation also accused Sarma of violating the Model Code of Conduct.

#We are calling for urgent interventi­on and lodging of FIR and debarring Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma for committing corrupt practices and gross misconduct which violate the Model Code of Conduct,$ the delegation said.

The AICC delegation comprising its general secretary in charge of Assam Jitendra Singh, general secretary and communicat­ions chief Randeep Singh Surjewala, secretary Aniruddh Singh and AICC media secretary Vineet Punia also submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission.

#Himanta Biswa Sarma had been deliberate­ly and provocativ­ely violating the Model Code of Conduct in utter disregard of his constituti­onal position while campaignin­g in constituen­cies for the October 30 bypolls,$ Congress said.

The AICC further said that Assam Chief Electoral Officer has abdicated his duty and responsibi­lity in initiating action vis-a-vis the deliberate disregard of the Model Code of Conduct.

!In fact, the actions of the Chief Minister reflect as if he is provoking the Election Commission and its officials by suggesting that he is above and beyond the law or the control of the Election Commission," Congress said.

The Congress delegation also submitted some documents substantia­ting their claim that the Chief Minister was involved in violating the Model Code of Conduct.

Staff Reporter adds from Guwahati: Earlier, the Election Commission of India on Monday evening issued a notice to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma seeking an explanatio­n for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct during campaignin­g for the forthcomin­g Assembly bypolls.

The ECI had issued a notice to Sarma following separate complaints against him by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhupen Kumar Borah and Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislativ­e Assembly Debabrata Saikia last week alleging violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Chief Minister Sarma said that he will abide by the directives of the ECI. !I will adhere to whatever order is issued by the Election Commission," he told reporters.

Sarma also castigated the Congress party over the issue.

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