After Sarma, EC should also bar PM Modi, Amit Shah from campaigning: Congress
On Saturday, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Election Commission should also ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda from campaigning to ensure free and fair elections in the state. The comment came after EC barred BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning in the ongoing Assam assembly elections.
Ahead of the final phase of the Assembly elections in Assam, the Election Commission banned BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours on Friday. The decision was in response to Sarma’s alleged open threat to send Bodoland People’s Front Chairperson Hagrama Mohilary to jail by “misusing” the National Investigation Agency.
On Saturday, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “EC barring Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours proves that BJP has lost polls and is resorting to tactics to influence polls. But, they are not going to get successful in their conspiracy.”
He further said, “We urge that though notices have been given to newspaper which ran the advertisements, it should also bar Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal and JP Nadda too who were shown in ads in Assam’s newspapers, for free and fair polls.” (ANI).
Surjewala urged the commission to investigate the matter of ‘stolen EVMs that were found from the car of BJP candidate’ in Assam. He said, “The arrest orders of BJP workers should be issued. Only then a fair election can be ensured.”
Surjewala also said that Congress is going to win the Assam assembly polls with a three-fourth majority. However, he also said that “till the time there is no legal action against Sarma and others BJP leaders, the fairness of election cannot be established”.
The third and final phase of f the Assembly elections in Assam are slated to be held on 6th April. The second phase was conducted on Thursday and it saw a voter turnout of 74.76 per cent.
The counting of votes will take place on May 2.