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BJP’s Himanta Sarma Banned From Campaign Over NIA Threat To Congress Ally


Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP’s ballot strategist for the 2021 Assam Assembly election (File)

New Delhi/Guwahati:

The Election Commision on Friday banned Assam minister and senior BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours for brazenly threatening to ship Hagrama Mohilary – whose BPF (Bodoland People’s Front) is a member of the Congress-led opposition alliance – to jail by misusing the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Assam is scheduled to carry the third and ultimate section of the 2021 Assembly election on April 6, and the 48-hour ban means Mr Sarma, who’s the BJP’s troubleshooter within the northeast and the principle ballot strategist because it bids to retain energy within the state, can now not marketing campaign for his get together.

On Thursday the Election Commission issued a show-cause discover to Mr Sarma and referred to a speech on March 28, throughout which he stated: “… ‘If Hagrama Mohilary does extremism… he will go to jail. This is a straight talk… Already got a lot of evidence. This case is being given to NIA (National Investigation Agency). The recovery of arms at Kokrajhar in a car, that case is being given to NIA. Nobody will be allowed to do unrest in Bodoland Territorial Region, even if he is Hagrama…”

Mr Mohilary was as soon as an ally of the BJP, however switched to the Congress after the BJP joined arms with the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) to type Bodoland Territorial Council in December.

The election to the 126-member Assam Assembly has been unfold over three phases with 77.2 per cent of the voters 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.

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