EC bars BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma from poll campaign in Assam

Earlier on Thursday, the EC had issued a show-cause to Sarma to which he replied today.

Taking an action against Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Election Commission of India has barred him for 48-hours from poll campaigning in the state prior to the third and final phase of Assembly Elections, which are scheduled to be held on April 6.

The ban came into effect from Friday night refraining the star-campaigner to seek votes for his party.

The EC order however came on late Friday night after the Congress party lodged a complaint against him on the accusation of threatening to send Hagrama Mohilary, whose Bodoland People's Front (BPF) is a member of the opposition alliance, to jail by falsely using NIA.

Earlier on Thursday, the EC had issued a show-cause to Sarna to which he replied today perhaps in the misfortune for him, his justification was not lucid and satisfactory.

In its order on Friday, EC said, "The Commission hereby strongly condemns the impugned statements made by Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP leader, and star campaigner... bars him from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media, etc.) in connection with the ongoing elections for 48 hours from immediate effect".

Notably, the comment which caused Sarna's ban was during a speech on March 28.

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