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ECI warns Assam CM for violating model code of conduct

The Congress on Tuesday approached the poll panel asking for an FIR to be registered against the Assam Chief Minister and debar him from campaigning further.

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Guwahati: The Election Commission has warned Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for violating the model code of conduct during campaigning for upcoming bye-elections.

Sarma was issued a notice on Tuesday and he has filed a response.

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The poll panel has advised Sarma to desist from violating the model code of conduct while campaigning for the five constituencies — Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani and Thowra, where elections will be held on October 30.

Following a complaint lodged by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, the EC issued notices to Sarma.

Sarma filed his reply to the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam, before 5 pm on Tuesday.

The Congress on Tuesday approached the poll panel asking for an FIR to be registered against the Assam Chief Minister and debar him from campaigning further.

Congress General Secretary Randeep Surjewala and the party in charge of Assam Jitendra Singh met poll panel officials and sought their intervention for initiating action against Sarma.

“In view of the circumstances, we urge the Election Commission to direct the lodging of an FIR and debarring Himanta Biswa Sarma for engaging in corrupt practices and for violating the model code of conduct,” the memorandum to EC said.

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