Guwahati: The Assam State Election Commission has asked the Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner to probe allegations of violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) against chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his campaign for the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) polls.
Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) had filed a complaint petition, alleging that the chief minister had ‘committed electoral offence by resorting to undue influence (corrupt practices) and violation of MCC under provisions of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 and IPC during his campaign for BJP and its alliance candidates in the GMC elections.’
In a letter to the deputy commissioner of the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, the secretary of the Assam State Election Commission asked the deputy commissioner to inquire into the matter and furnish a report to this Commission at an early date.
Newspaper clippings of the chief minister’s speech were enclosed with the letter to the deputy commissioner as proof of what he said during the election campaign meetings in favour of BJP candidates contesting the GMC elections.
A registered, unrecognised political party, the AJP had in the complaint petition alleged that Sarma induced voters by offering an extension of the Orunodoi scheme by including 1000 more beneficiaries from each ward besides offering Rs 10 crore to each ward for development activities if they vote for the party candidate in power.
Sanjeev Bora, president, AJP, Kamrup (Metro), wrote in the complaint petition to the state election commission, that Sarma had lured the voters to vote for ruling party candidates, which is “tantamount to a deliberate attempt to interfere with respect to free exercise of electoral rights of voters and an inducement/undue influence to voters within the meaning of Section 123 of the RP Act and Section 171 of the IPC apart from gross violation of the model code of conduct”.
Bora urged the poll commission to initiate legal/penal action against the chief minister on the grounds stated in the complaint petition to uphold the sanctity of the election process and the true spirit of democracy.
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