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EC warns Assam CM over breach of model poll code
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EC warns Assam CM over breach of model poll code
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Guwahati, Oct 27 (TIWN) The Election Commission on Wednesday cautioned Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to be more careful and exercise restraint in future and strictly follow the provisions of Model Code of Conduct, in his public utterances.

The by-elections to five constituencies – Bhabanipur, Gossaigaon, Mariani, Tamulpur and Thowra – were necessitated by the death of two MLAs and the defection of three others to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Two of the turncoats are from Congress and one from All India United Democratic Front.   Acting on two complaints by Congress, the ECI had on October 25 issued a notice to Mr Sarma asking him to file an explanation within 24 hours. The complaints listed a slew of poll promises the Chief Minister and sought a ban on him from campaigning.   

After the Chief Minister’s “unconditional apology”, the Commission said that he “acted in contravention” to the model code of conduct.   “Therefore, the Commission issues a warning to him and cautions him to be more careful and exercise restraint in future and strictly follow the provisions of the model code of conduct while making public utterances,” the ECI order signed by Secretary N.T. Bhutia said.  

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