GUWAHATI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was provided with a show-cause notice by the Election Commission of India today for allegedly making threatening remarks against the opposition leader Hagrama Mohilary of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF).
The move comes after a delegation from the Congress party filed a complaint with the EC alleging that Himanta Biswa Sarma had threatened to put Mohilary in jail by misusing the NIA.
“The Congress party alleged that through the said threats Sarma has also wanted to manipulate the voters not to vote for INC alliance, including Mohilary’s party,” the EC said in the show cause notice.
According to the notice issued by ECI, it said, “The Commission has obtained a full transcript of Sarma’s statement from the chief electoral officer of Assam, which said that Hagrama would be imprisoned if he engages in extremism with Batha. This is a straightforward talk. Hagrama would be jailed if he encourages Batha. Already gathered a substantial amount of evidence.”
“NIA has been assigned with this case. The case of arms seized in a car in Kokrajhar has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Nobody, not Hagrama or anyone else, will be allowed to cause unrest in BTR. This will not be tolerated…,” the notice added.
The elections for a total of 126-assembly seats of the Assam Assembly elections are underway. Today second phase poll is being held in a total of 39 constituencies under 13 districts.
The first phase polls for the 47 constituencies were held on March 27 seeing 79.97% voter turnout.
The third and final phase elections for 40 seats will be held on April 6.
The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
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