Bokakhat: With the model code of conduct coming to force 48 hours before the first phase of elections in Assam on March 27, the All Tea Tribes Students Association alleged that Rameshwar Teli, a Parliamentarian from Dibrugarh district, and incumbent MLA Suren Phukan, violated election rules during a campaign near Digboi.
Also, the Election Commission accused Asom Gana Parishad President and state agriculture minister Atul Bora of violating the poll code in Lakhimpur.
According to ATTSA leaders, Teli and Phukan were campaigning at the residence of a tea worker in Gopaneri, which falls under the Digboi constituency. “As they entered a tea worker’s house around 6:30 PM, well past the 6 PM deadline to end all campaigning activities under the model code of conduct, a crowd had gathered learning that political leaders were in their neighbourhood. A discussion was underway in which these leaders were trying to pay cash for votes,” said Sunil Hansda, Digboi Region Secretary for ATTSA. “In the meanwhile, two ATTSA leaders, Nogen Kurmi, the assistant secretary of Tinsukia chapter and another member, Rajen Majhi, along with the locals, questioned the BJP leaders about their presence in the neighbourhood,” added Hansda.
The student leader alleged that both Teli and Phukan started pushing them aside. “Then the Security personnel present with the leaders started to beat up the leaders in the presence of a crowd,” added Hansda. Several ATTSA cadres immediately gathered on National Highway 315 and blocked the highway that leads to Digboi.
According to the Digboi Police officials, ATTSA leaders were yet to file a complaint while the police confirmed that a road blockade had taken place between 7:30 PM till 9 PM on Thursday. The offices of both Phukan and Teli were not available for comment.
AGP Chief Atul Bora booked
Election commission officials in 110 Nauboicha constituencies forwarded a North Lakhimpur Police against State AGP President Atul Bora for his speech during an election rally in the Yubanagar High Secondary School. Bora was addressing a crowd to support AGP candidate Jayanta Khound.
According to the complaint, election commission officials took note of his speech telecast over a local channel. In his speech, Bora allegedly told the audience that their votes made through electronic voting machines would be known in case they do not support Khound. North Lakhimpur Police confirmed the development but added that investigations were on to ascertain the context of the speech made by Bora in the rally.