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Assam Minister Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Congress Writes To Poll Body


Assam Minister Pijush Hazarika contested the elections from Jagiroad constituency.

Guwahati:

The Congress celebration in Assam has moved the Election Commission, in search of cancellation of candidature of state minister Pijush Hazarika for allegedly threatening a journalist over a telephone name.

A journalist in Assam, Nazrul Islam, on Thursday allegedly recorded a dialog of a name — which he claims was produced from Pijush Hazarika’s private assistant’s telephone — and telecast the audio clip on an Assamese information channel. In the dialog, Mr Hazarika allegedly hurled abuses and threatened the journalist of dire penalties for a narrative broadcast on the identical native channel beforehand.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika contested within the second section of Assam elections from Jagiroad constituency final week.

“The contents of the conversation by Hazarika clearly violated the Model Code of Conduct, and laws such as the Representation of People Act, 1951. Under such circumstances, I pray before your honour to take prompt and necessary action against Pijush Hazarika to disqualify his candidature from the present General Assembly Election and issue directions for filing FIR/complaint against him,” Assam Congress president Ripun Bora wrote within the letter despatched to the election physique on Thursday.

A grievance has additionally been filed by the journalist at Jagiroad police station in Morigaon district towards Mr Hazarika, however a case is but to be registered.

In the audio clip of over 5 minutes with the journalist, the minister allegedly bought indignant and threatened him by saying: “I will drag you to the streets… break your leg… and nowhere kori dim (will obliterate you)”.

“He also warned Nazrul Islam allegedly for doing ‘Miya Politics’ to support the Congress and ‘Aajmal Party’ which is the AIUDF, and threatened him that he will spoil Nazrul Islam’s life,” the letter to the ballot physique reads. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by Badruddin Ajmal is a constituent of the Congress-led Grand Alliance.

The incident has put the democracy of the state underneath “serious threat” and the general public is now underneath need of safety from such threats, the letter stated. “That apart, the words ‘Miya Politics’, ‘Aajmal Party’ etc uttered… in the said call has directly aggravated the existing differences between the communities of the state and has created mutual hatred between them,” Mr Bora stated in his letter.

The BJP candidate, within the alleged telephone dialog which additionally surfaced on the social media, could be heard saying that he was “sad” as a result of they reported the controversial assertion of his spouse Aimee Baruah made at a ballot assembly just a few days in the past in Jagiroad.

Ms Baruah, through the ballot meet, had allegedly stated: “Those Bengali speaking people who have been living in Assam will not only be thrown out of the state, but also the nation if CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) is repelled here. So, to keep them here, we should support CAA.”

Her remark, nonetheless, was stated to be misconstrued and a brief clip of her video was shared in a while Facebook through which it appeared she was saying that those that opposed the CAA will probably be thrown overseas.

Media teams just like the Guwahati Press Club (GPC) and Journalists Association For Assam (JAFA) have additionally raised considerations towards Mr Hazarika.

JAFA president Abhideep Choudhury requested the media to lift its voice towards Mr Hazarika whereas the GPC condemned the “act of intimidation in the strongest words” and stated that it is extremely unbecoming of a public consultant to threaten a journalist.

The election to the 126-member Assam Assembly has been unfold over three phases with 77.2 per cent of the citizens exercising their franchise in 39 constituencies within the second section on April 1. In the primary section on March 27 round 76 per cent of voters in 30 constituencies forged their vote.

The third and ultimate section will probably be held on April 6, with votes to be counted on May 2.

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