APCC knocks EC doors on Himanta, TV channel

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, April 18: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has moved the Election Commission of India (ECI) for alleged violation of the Representation of People Act, 1951 by the state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma through a TV channel, ahead of the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls tomorrow.

In a letter to ECI,  the general secretary on behalf of APCC said that News Live,  a satellite channel aired from Guwahati and owned by M/S Pride East Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.  of  which Riniki Bhuyan Sarma,  wife of Cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was a major stakeholder,  had shown an interview of Sarma in which he had seen favouring his own party and  downplaying other leaders and parties opposed to the BJP, especially the Congress  on April  10, the eve of the first phase of the polls in the State.

The APCC further said that though an email had been sent to the Election Commission of India in this connection, no action had been taken against the minister or the channel although it was a clear case of violation of Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, 1951.

The APCC further said that they had come to know from reliable sources that this same interview was scheduled to be aired tonight, barely 12 hours ahead of the second phase on April 18.

The APCC urged the ECI to take cognizance of the matter and take action to prevent such violation of model code of conduct in the greater interest of holding free and fair election in Assam.

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