Himanta Biswa Sarma to not challenge EC’s 48-hour ban from campaigning in Assam

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has decided not to challenge Election Commission’s order that barred him from campaigning for 48-hour in Assam where the Assembly Polls are currently underway. Notably, he had earlier said that he will challenge the constitutional authority’s order in Guwahati High Court.

“We are not going to HC with regards to the EC order. But there are plans to approach the EC to review its order,” said a source close to the leader.

The ban on Sarma from campaigning or speaking in the public came after a complaint from Congress delegation against him for openly threatening’ to send Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) chief Mohilary to jail by ‘misusing’ the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

EC Secretary Ajay Kumar Verma on Friday in his order said that the commission strongly condemns the impugned statements made by the BJP leader who has emerged as the star campaigner of the party in the Assam Assembly Polls that are currently underway. 

“The commission under Article 324 of Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) etc. in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from immediate effect on 02.04.2021 (Friday),” the order added. 

The poll body has asked Sarma to explain his position by 5pm on Friday. If he fails in doing so, the commission will not take action without any further notice to him. 

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The Legislative Assembly election in the state are held in three phases, from  March 27 to April 6. The results will be announced on May 2. 


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