BJP leader and Finance Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma greets his supporters during an election rally for the third phase of Assam Assembly election at Palasbari, in Kamrup on Thursday.
BJP leader and Finance Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma greets his supporters during an election rally for the third phase of Assam Assembly election at Palasbari, in Kamrup on Thursday.
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New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday barred Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 with immediate effect for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.

"... The Commission hereby strongly condemns the impugned statements made by Himanta Biswa Sarma ...

"The Commission ... bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from immediate effect on April 02 (Friday)," the order read.

The Congress had approached the EC demanding action against Sarma for his remark that Mohilary would be sent to jail through central probe agency NIA if he does "extremism" with rebel leader M Batha.

"If Hagrama does extremism with Batha he will go to jail. This is a straight talk. If Hagrama encourages Batha, he will go to jail. Already got lot of evidence. This case is being qiven to NIA," according to a portion of Sarma's speech made part of the notice.

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